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Will RÚV Be Sold?

Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson speaking at the Independence Party general meeting in 2013.

Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

The Independence Party believes certain state-owned assets should be sold, such as RÚV― the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, ownership in financial institutions, the operation of Keflavík Airport, currently run by Isavia, as well as the operation of Isavia stores, RÚV reports. A study is called for of the practicality of buildings housing state offices, and it’s suggested that all buildings not deemed necessary be sold, as detailed in the party’s resolution.

Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson would like 5 percent of shares in state-owned banks to be distributed among the nation, giving each Icelander shares worth ISK 90,000 (USD 700, EUR 630).

The party’s annual meeting concluded yesterday. Bjarni Bendediktsson was reelected chairman of the party with 96 percent of the vote, and Ólöf Nordal vice chairperson with 96.7 percent of the vote, thereby replacing Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir. Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir replaced Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson as secretary.

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