Norway's governing coalition collapses over ISIS repatriation

Siv Jensen, leader of the Progress Party, said she would take the party out of the right-wing coalition government Monday.

(CNN)Norway's ruling coalition has disbanded after the populist Progress Party (FRP) left the government, partly due to the repatriation of a mother with suspected ISIS links from Syria.

FRP leader Siv Jensen met with Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Monday before telling a press conference she would take her party out of the coalition.
"I'm doing it because it's the only right thing to do," Jensen said, adding that she couldn't get enough of her party's policies implemented.
    Jensen then cited the repatriation of the woman and her two children, who landed in Norway Thursday night, according to a government statement.
    "Then came the case with a suspected (ISIS) terrorist woman, the other three parties gave in, to bring home (the) mother and child," said Jensen.
    "We could welcome the children, but we do not compromise with people who have voluntarily joined terrorist organizations and who are working to tear down all the values Norway is built on."
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide said she was "pleased" to bring a difficult case to a close.
    "The decision to provide assistance to enable the family's return to Norway was taken on humanitarian grounds because of fears that one of the children is seriously ill," she said in a statement.
    The mother was arrested on arrival in Norway, while the children are receiving health care and will be monitored by child welfare services, the government added.
    Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg defended the decision.
    "These children need a calm environment and must be shielded from public attention," Søreide said. "I hope that this will be respected."
    Solberg, who leads the Conservative Party, has been Norway's Prime Minister since 2013. She was re-elected in September 2017.
    "Our dilemma became the following: bringing home the child with (his) mother, or risking that a Norwegian, a sick 5-year-old could die," Solberg said in a statement sent to CN