Icelandic PM Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson went to Bessastaðir, the presidential residence, yesterday afternoon to formally ask, on behalf of his government, to be relieved of his duties.
All four opposition parties in Iceland, the Pirate Party, the Left-Green Movement, Bright Future and the Social Democratic Alliance, have declared a willingness to form a government together following Saturday’s parliamentary election.
The Pirate Party would like to begin negotiations now on the possibility of forming a coalition government with other parties in Iceland.
Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, voted yesterday to have the minister of foreign affairs apply, on Iceland’s behalf, for membership to the European Space Agency (ESA).
The environmental associations Fjöregg and Landvernd (The Icelandic Environment Association) have reported a proposed legislation regarding power lines to the Bakki industrial area, near Húsavík, North Iceland, to the EFTA Surveillance Authority, ESA.
This afternoon, the Progressive Party elected Icelandic PM Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson as its new leader.
At a meeting this morning, the Icelandic government approved a resolution, allowing work to resume on a power line project from the Þeistareikir geothermal power plant to the industrial area Bakki.
Landvernd, the Icelandic Environmental Association, and PM Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson disagree on whether environmental laws passed less than a year ago should be retroactive and, thus, able to halt projects already approved.
Yesterday afternoon, Minister of Social Affairs and Housing Eygló Harðardóttir abstained during a vote on the Icelandic governmment’s budget plan for 2017-2021.
A draft resolution introduced yesterday by Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson and Prime Minister Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson includes measures which would be a big step toward the lifting of capital controls in Iceland.
Last night, Icelandic government leaders proposed to the opposition that parliamentary elections be held on October 29th this year.
Minister of Social Affairs and Housing Eygló Harðardóttir has not decided whether to run against former Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson as leader of the Progressive Party.
The new parliamentary schedule includes 77 bills, resolutions and reports which government ministers believe it is necessary to pass before the early elections, promised for this autumn.
The leaders of Iceland’s two ruling coalition parties, Prime Minister Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson and Minister of Financial Affairs, Bjarni Benediktsson, today called a meeting with opposition party leaders. As they did not give any more details than that, the mysterious meeting got people talking...
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.
Thousands of protesters peacefully convened on Austurvöllur square on Saturday afternoon, demanding immediate parliamentary elections.
Our photographer Páll Stefánsson followed events in the Icelandic parliamentary building, Alþingishúsið, as a confirmation of the name of Iceland's new prime minister was awaited on Wednesday.
Our photographer Geir Ólafsson followed events at the presidential residence, Bessastaðir, yesterday, as Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson left office and Sigurður Ingi Jóhannson replaced him as prime minister.
At the end of an unprecedented week in Icelandic politics, things are a little quieter today as the ‘new’ government takes control—but the situation is hardly less volatile, and a large swathe of society is angrier than ever.
Iceland’s new government is now official and has presidential approval to run the country under the leadership of the new Prime Minister, Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson.
Major Icelandic media outlets are reporting that Lilja Dögg Alfreðsdóttir will indeed be part of Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson’s new government as suspected—but that she will take the coveted post of Minister for Foreign Affairs.