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Alþingi parliament

77 Bills on Government Priorities List

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.

 Bjarni Benediktsson and Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson

Opposition Leaders Called to Government Meeting

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...

Alþingi parliament

MP Questions Rules on Public Disclosure

Svandís Svavarsdóttir, the parliamentary chair of the Left Green Movement, has formally submitted an enquiry about MPs’ registry of outside interests to Einar K. Guðfinnsson, President of Alþingi.

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

Icelandic Presidents Rarely Elected with Majority Vote

14 people have already publicly announced that they are running to be the next President of the Republic of Iceland in this June’s election. This means theoretically that the next President could be elected with less than ten percent of the votes.

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Poll Suggests Collapse in Progressive Party Support

Iceland’s ruling Progressive Party would lose 15 of its current 19 MPs if an election were held today, a new poll claims. The poll also predicts that no two parties would be able to form a coalition government, unless one of them were the Pirate Party.

Bjarni Benediktsson

Elections Probably in October

Iceland’s finance minister says it will not be possible to sell the State’s share in financial institutions before elections this autumn, but that he would like to submit 2017’s budget bill to parliament before it adjourns.

Alþingi parliament

Ministers Urged to Reveal Tax Information

​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.

Iceland Political Crisis: The Latest

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.

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