Politics

Interior Minister: Decision to Quit Was Personal

Former Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir released a statement yesterday afternoon confirming the news that she had requested to be released from her duties as minister because of the leak affair. However, the decision was personal, not political, she says.

Leak Affair: Interior Minister to Resign Today

Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir will step down today, as reported just now. According to the sources of national broadcaster RÚV , the minister is planning to take a break from politics and return to parliament in January. It’s unclear who will replace her.

MP Wants Changes to Icelandic Flag Law

MP for the Progressive Party Silja Dögg Gunnarsdóttir would like the law on displaying the Icelandic flag changed. “I’m suggesting that the flag could be up, for example, during the summer, the brightest time of year,” she told Bylgjan radio on Wednesday, adding that she would like the flag to be...

Leak Affair: Police Sent Report to Minister’s Assistant

Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, former political assistant to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, received the Suðurnes police’s transcript of their questioning of asylum seeker Tony Omos the same day the police department’s chief had sent Gísli a statement on the progress of the case’s...

Iceland Not Invited to Mackerel Debate Meeting

Delegates of the Faroe Islands, Norway and the European Union will meet in Bergen, Norway, to discuss the division of the mackerel fishing quota, which has long been debated, next week. The three parties have reached an agreement between themselves. Iceland was not invited to the meeting.

Minister has Party’s Support, Opposition Calls for Resignation

Interior Minister Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir is facing renewed calls from opposition leaders to step down and assume responsibility for her former assistant Gísli Freyr Valdórsson after he confessed on Tuesday to leaking confidential and sensitive information about an asylum seeker in November...

Iceland’s Foreign Minister Visits UN University

Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson visited the United Nations University (UNU) headquarters in Tokyo yesterday. He met with Rector of UNU David Malone and discussed the university’s operations. At the occasion, a new five-year agreement on the Geothermal Training...

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