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Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Animal Abusers to Keep Government Grants

MPs from the Progressive and Independence parties voted against an amendment yesterday that would have given permission to cancel government grants to those who have gravely or repeatedly violated animal protection laws.

Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir.

Former Education Minister Recruited by Reform Party

DV reports today that former education minister and former deputy chair of the Independence Party, Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, will be leading the list of candidates for the new Reform Party in the Southwest Iceland constituency in this fall’s election.

Money

Kaupþing to Pay Huge Bonuses?

A group of about 20 employees of the holding company Kaupþing could be receiving bonuses totaling almost ISK 1.5 billion (USD 12.82 million, EUR 11.35 million) to be paid out at the end of April next year.

Press conference

Measures to Lift Capital Controls

A draft resolution introduced yesterday by Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson and Prime Minister Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson includes measures which would be a big step toward the lifting of capital controls in Iceland.

 Bjarni Benediktsson and Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson

Program for First-Time Homebuyers Introduced

Yesterday, Prime Minister Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson and Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson introduced a new program called First Home, meant to make it easier for young people to purchase their first home.

Vigdís Hauksdóttir

Progressive Party MP Announces Departure

Vigdís Hauksdóttir, MP for the Progressive Party and chair of Alþingi’s Budget Committee, has has announced she won’t be running for Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, in the elections this fall.

Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament

Pirate Party Largest, Viðreisn Gaining Ground

A new poll shows the Pirate Party enjoying more support than any other in Iceland, or 28 percent, while the new party Viðreisn, (which roughly translates into ‘Revival’), takes a leap and measures with 8 percent support.

Árni Páll Árnarson

Social Democrat Leader Cancels Re-election Campaign

Árni Páll Árnason, leader of the Social Democratic Alliance, announced on Friday that he is withdrawing his candidacy for the upcoming leadership vote. The news came just a week after he announced that he intended to remain party leader, if members voted for him at the upcoming national party...

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