Opposition MPs were upset when Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson left the parliament’s floor in the middle of a debate yesterday, allegedly to eat cake. They accused him of being disrespectful.
The issue being discussed was the protection of informants and Left-Green chair Katrín Jakobsdóttir was asking Sigmundur a question when he is said to have left the room, Kjarninn reports.
Next up was Svandís Svavarsdóttir, also of the Left-Greens, who wanted to discuss the speaker of parliament’s schedule arrangement.
“I must say, respectful speaker, that I don’t believe that I have ever witnessed that after an honorable parliamentarian addresses an honorable minister, that the minister leaves the floor before answering the question,” Svandís commented.
“Respectful speaker, did he leave to go to a meeting? Was he speaking with the International Monetary Fund or the United Nations?” Svandís asked. “He left to have cake, respectful speaker. I must say that I find it absolutely incredible. I must ask the speaker whether this can be considered suitable behavior in parliament.”
Afterwards, other MPs entered the podium, including Helgi Hjörvar of the Social Democrats and Róbert Marshall of Bright Future, agreeing with Svandís.
Pirate Party MP Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson commented that he had thought the PM could not surprise him anymore but now he had actually managed to surprise him again.