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.
Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who left Iceland this morning after a two day visit with government officials, said at a press conference yesterday that Iceland played a “crucial” role in NATO.
Former vice president of the United States, Al Gore, was reportedly among the attendees of an annual exclusive conference on sustainable initiatives at Vatnsdalsá in Northwest Iceland.