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politician , contributing editor

Pål Steigan is a Norwegian communist and former leader of the Maoist Workers' Communist Party, AKP , from 1975 to 1984, and jointly leader of the Red Electoral Alliance until 1979.

Background

Steigan, Pål was born on May 31, 1949 in Oslo, Norway. Son of Oliver Schjerven Steigan and Helga Borgny Schjelderup Dynna Steigan.

Education

Student, University Oslo.

Career

He is also a writer and editor. During his leadership of AKP (m-l), Steigan traveled to several countries ruled by communist regimes, such as China, Czechoslovakia, Albania and Cambodia (Democratic Kampuchea). He personally met Mao Zedong, Enver Hoxa and Pol Pot.

Steigan met the Khmer Rouge dictator Pol Pot in 1978, and eagerly supported the regime after his visit. Later, he has admitted that supporting the Khmer Rouge regime, responsible for the deaths of 1.7 million Cambodians, was a mistake, although he has continued to be criticised for bearing a personal responsibility for his political support to the regime.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: Wolftide, 1992. Editor: (encyclopedia) Caplex, 1990. Editor: (Civil Defense-ROM) Civil Defense-ROM Northern 1, 1987, Caplex CDTV, 1991, Caplex Multimedia, 1995.

Membership

Chairman, founding member Worker's Communist Party, Norway, 1975-1984.

Connections

Married Kari Austbø, May 19, 1973. Children: Geir, Ivar.

father:
Oliver Schjerven Steigan

mother:
Helga Borgny Schjelderup Dynna Steigan

spouse:
Kari Austbø

child:
Ivar Steigan

child:
Geir Steigan