Norway's most notorious Islamic militant has told supporters to back Norway's Labour Party in the coming election, in what must rank as one of the most unwelcome endorsements in the country's political history.

Mullah Krekar, whose real name is Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, sent a letter from prison, which was obtained by Norway's ABC News.

"In Norway it would be appropriate to vote for AP [Labour], SV [Socialist Left] or Red," he wrote. "Muslims in Norway are not sufficiently powerful or numerous that they are able to form a party of their own. And we feel that Stoltenberg was not, like [former Prime Minister Kjell Magne] Bondevik, blindfolded by Bush."

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