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Ministers Urged to Reveal Tax Information

Alþingi parliament

From Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament. Photo: Páll Kjartansson.

Party Group Chairman of the Independence Party Ragnheiður Ríkharðsdóttir and Chairman of the Left-Green Movement Katrín Jakobsdóttir believe Icelandic ministers whose names appear in the Panama Papers should make more information regarding their tax returns available to the public, thereby following the example of British PM David Cameron, whose name also appeared in the documents.

The so-called Panama Papers are millions of documents leaked from a notorious Panama law firm, revealing that former PM of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson and Minister of the Interior Ólöf Nordal have connections to companies or accounts in tax havens. The revelation forced the resignation of Sigmundur Davíð as prime minister last week.

Katrín told RÚV, “Those who have something to hide, they have no reason to be in politics.”

Ragnheiður commented, “I think those who say they did what they did, I think there is reason for them to demonstrate that. I think that would both increase trust and ease the unrest caused by this.”

Party Group Chairman of the Progressive Party Ásmundur Einar Daðason said, “Each and everyone must respond for himself … but it’s clear we need a general discussion about these tax havens.”

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