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.
Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson reappointed Már Guðmundsson as governor of the Central Bank of Iceland for five years on Friday.
Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson responded to a letter by Ombudsman of Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament on Friday, asking whether his government had agreed on ethical regulations for its ministers.
Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, assistant to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, is facing charges for having leaked information about the asylum seeker Tony Omos to the media last year. Charges against him were issued by the state prosecutor on Friday afternoon.
Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, who has previously voiced his opposition to the importation of fresh meat on the grounds of growth hormone use abroad, has expressed an added fear of the protozoan Toxoplasma gondii, which causes the disease Toxoplasmosis.