If the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management were to declare a state of emergency, the minister responsible for the issue could ration electricity, limit telecommunication and cut off roads, according to a new bill presented at a cabinet meeting yesterday.
Approximately 800 people gathered on Austurvöllur square in front of the Icelandic parliament yesterday to protest against the government and specifically Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir. This is the third Monday in a row that a demonstration takes place on Austurvöllur.
The Independence Party of Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson currently enjoys a support rating of 32.9 percent, up from 30.3 percent in late October, according to a new survey. Last week the government announced the recipients of its mortgage relief plan.
All opposition parties seem to agree that the government is not prioritizing correctly with the debt write-off actions presented at a press conference yesterday.
The average write-off under the government’s debt cancelation plan, which aims to correct indexed mortgages for the effects of inflation in 2008 and 2009, will be ISK 1.35 million (USD 11,000, EUR 8,800) per household, as announced in a press conference this afternoon.
Support for the Progressive Party-Independence Party coalition government is at a record low at 33 percent, according to the latest MMR poll published yesterday. Support for the government in the last poll, conducted on October 21, measured 34.3 percent.