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About 9,000 Want PM out, 600 Want Him In

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

Close to 9,000 people have signed a petition stating, “Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, you are hereby fired as prime minister of Iceland. We insist that you quit your job as soon as possible and leave Alþingi.” The reason for the petition is the prime minister’s failure to inform the nation about his wife’s ownership of a company registered on Tortola, the British Virgin Islands, something the petition calls an “ethical failure.”

Meanwhile, another petition called “We Support Sigmundur Davíð,” where the prime minister is praised for a job well done and urged to remain in his position, has collected close to 600 signatures.

The issue has been much debated ever since Sigmundur’s wife, Anna Sigurlaug Pálsdóttir revealed the existence of her company Wintris Inc. on Facebook on March 15.

In response to criticism regarding the matter, the couple posted a list of their own questions and answers on the prime minister’s blog page on Easter Sunday. There, they explain that Landsbankinn advised that a company be established abroad and registered in the Virgin Islands. They also state that the company’s income was reported on Icelandic tax returns.

Sigmundur stated in a radio interview with Bylgjan on Easter Sunday that his position has never been stronger and that he has done nothing wrong. He expressed his hope that the opposition parties would propose a vote of no confidence in him, claiming he did not fear such a vote, but looked forward to it.

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