All parliamentarians, with the exception of MP for the Progressive Party Vigdís Hauksdóttir, voted for a new four-year strategy for international development cooperation worth ISK 24 billion (USD 191 million, EUR 148 million), or 0.26 percent of Iceland’s GNP.
“Twenty four billion in foreign currency in the next four years when the Icelandic nation, thinks it cannot afford to fix the problems at Landspítali National University Hospital to save the lives and limbs of Icelanders. A bankrupt person cannot pay for others,” Vigdís commented after the voting, dv.is reports.
Vigdís has been harshly criticized for her vote. “I think it is humiliating ... humiliating for the parliamentarian and the party she is representing,” MP for the Left-Greens Árni Þór Sigurðsson told Stöð 2.
The Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA) has ongoing projects in Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua and Uganda, as well as in Rwanda, Burundi and DR of Congo as part of the new regional project for geothermal exploration.