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No Confidence Vote in PM Today, President Cuts Trip Short

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No Confidence Vote in PM Today, President Cuts Trip Short

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

From Alþingi.Photo: Páll Kjartansson.

The opposition will propose a vote of no confidence in PM Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson and his cabinet today when Alþingi the Icelandic parliament reconvenes after Easter break, RÚV reports. Head of the Social Democratic Alliance Árni Páll Árnason confirmed this, following a meeting with other members of the opposition this morning. The reason is a leak of documents from a notorious law firm in Panama, revealing Sigmundur's connection to a company in Tortola, the ownership of which he failed to declare in Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament.

“We will declare no confidence in the prime minister and his cabinet,” Árni stated. “There is unity in the group and solidarity. We want to do this right, since there are important steps ahead, important for the whole nation.

Because of the scandal, President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson has cut short his personal trip to the US and will be arriving in the country early tomorrow morning, RÚV reports.

Sigmundur told journalists this morning he would talk to the media later today. He said that as he entered the parliament building. Meetings of the parliamentary parties are taking place right now, and it’s assumed that the topic of discussion is the prime minister’s standing following last night’s revelations.

Alþingi will reconvene at 3:00 pm. A demonstration demanding elections is planned at 5:00 pm. The weather forecast is good and police expect the demonstrations to be attended by a large number of people.

MP Helgi Hjörvar, the Social Democratic Alliance and Birgitta Jónsdóttir, head of the Pirate Party, were interviewed on RÚV radio this morning. Helgi stated that members of parliament were shocked over revelations made by the Panama Papers regarding Sigmundur’s finances. Birgitta said, “the country’s credibility is ruined,” and “one could say an ethical collapse occurred last night.”

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