The ongoing eruption in Holuhraun has had a widespread effect, even influencing Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson’s keynote speech at Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, which reconvened on Tuesday.
Legal experts believe that the position of Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir in the leak affair, as stated in her response to the Ombudsman of Alþingi’s letter from August 25, posted on the ministry’s website on Tuesday, is based on a misunderstanding.
Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson presented the government’s 2015 budget bill when parliament reconvened after the summer break on Tuesday.
The 144th legislative parliamentary session at Althingi, the Icelandic parliament, formally began this afternoon with a sermon in Reykjavík Cathedral. Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson presented his budget bill.
MP for the Left-Greens Ögmundur Jónasson plans to submit a bill for a referendum on Iceland’s membership to NATO when parliament reconvenes for the autumn.
The latest opinion poll conducted by daily newspaper Fréttablaðið found that 67 percent of respondents would like Icelandic Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir to step down in light of the so-called ‘leak affair.’
Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir defended her position in television interviews on Stöð 2 ’s Ísland í dag and RÚV ’s Kastljós yesterday evening, denying having been in violation of regulations.
Former Chief of Police Stefán Eiríksson maintains that Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir had threatened to have the police’s and state prosecutor’s work methods in the affair investigated upon the investigation’s completion.
Independence Party MPs declared their support for Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir at a party meeting in Vestmannaeyjar yesterday. Hanna Birna has been under fire in recent months following the leak of information about an asylum seeker from her ministry in November.