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Demonstration Demanding Elections Planned for Monday

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Demonstration Demanding Elections Planned for Monday

Protest outside Iceland's parliament in support of a referendum on whether to continue EU talks

From Austurvöllur square. Archive photo. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

A demonstration is planned on Austurvöllur square, Reykjavík, at 5 pm on Monday, demanding elections and insisting that the government has no mandate, Vísir reports. Members of Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, will reconvene after Easter break at 3 pm that day.

The demonstration is organized by the groups Jæja and Skiltakarlarnir. A Facebook page has been created by the organizers of the event.

On the page, the organizers list a number of issues which, in their opinion, warrant new elections. Those include the sale of public assets behind closed doors, and a number of cases of impropriety or unwillingness on behalf of the authorities to reveal possible conflicts of interest, the latest being the prime minister’s failure to reveal his financial interests and ties to a tax haven.

A petition, telling Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson that he is fired has now collected over 13,000 signatures, while another one urging him to remain in his position has been signed by about 900 supporters.

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