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PM Will not Resign

Protests outside Iceland's parliament against withdrawing from EU talks

Large numbers of people are expected on Austurvöllur square today. Archive photo. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson has not contemplated resigning following revelations about his connections to a company on Tortola, revealed by the so-called Panama Papers. He has only granted one interview today, when he spoke with Channel 2 television at noon.

In the interview, which can be viewed here, Sigmundur denies the thought of resigning has entered his mind, but admits his performance in the TV interview with Swedish journalist Sven Bergman from the Uppdrag granskning news program, where he was first asked about the Tortola-based company, was “pathetic.”

When asked if he intends to apologize to the nation, he claims he should apologize for his performance in the interview, and that he should have been better prepared.

In response to a question about whether his performance has hurt Iceland on an international level, he answers, “No, the government has performed very well. Progress has been great and it’s important for the government to complete its mission.” He states voters will get a chance to voice their opinion in the next elections.

Finally, he is asked if he will listen to the voices of protesters today, who plan a demonstration on Austurvölur square at 5:00 pm, demanding elections. His answer: “Not all the people will show up on Austurvöllur. It’s nothing new that people find reason to protest this government.”

Nine thousand one hundred people have announced their intention to participate in the demonstration.

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