Chair of the Independence Party Bjarni Benediktsson said at a parliamentary party meeting yesterday that he hoped that a new minister of the interior would be appointed next week. Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir announced her resignation on Friday.
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.
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 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...
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’...
Former Chief of Police in Suðurnes Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir called Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, the then political assistant to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, in the morning of November 20, 2013, according to a new article on dv.is.
The Independence Party of Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson currently enjoys a support rating of 32.9 percent, up from 30.3 percent in late October, according to a new survey. Last week the government announced the recipients of its mortgage relief plan.
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.
Three individuals were named in the memo leaked by Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, former assistant to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, including sensitive and confidential information about the affairs of an asylum seeker who was being deport
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...
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...
Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, former political assistant to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, was today given an eight-month suspended prison sentence for leaking confidential and sensitive information about an asylum seeker.
Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, former political assistant to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, confessed to the minister yesterday to having leaked confidential and sensitive information about an asylum seeker to the media one year ago.
All opposition parties seem to agree that the government is not prioritizing correctly with the debt write-off actions presented at a press conference yesterday.
Support for the Progressive Party-Independence Party coalition government is at a record low at 33 percent, according to the latest MMR poll published yesterday. Support for the government in the last poll, conducted on October 21, measured 34.3 percent.
President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson is number 18 on the Washington Post’s list of longest-serving heads of state, published on Tuesday.
Approximately 4,500 people of all ages attended a demonstration to protest the government’s actions on Austurvöllur square in from of Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, yesterday afternoon.
Close to 6,000 people are expected to attend a protest against the actions of the government in Austurvöllur square at 5 pm today. As of 10 am, 5,700 people had accepted an invitation to attend the protest on the Facebook page Mótmælum aðgerðum ríkisstjórnarinnar.
Reykjanesbær municipality in Southwest Iceland, including Keflavík, is in debt by more than ISK 40 billion (USD 327 million, EUR 260 million), as revealed when a report by KPMG on the community’s finances was presented at a public meeting yesterday evening.
Sixteen MPs of the Social Democratic Alliance, Bright Future and the Pirate Party submitted a bill in Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, this week on amendments to the law on price consultation in the dairy industry. The current law is being criticized for hindering competition.
Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson opened an Icelandic consulate in Curitiba, Brazil, during his official visit there last week, appointing Magnús Ólason as the Icelandic consul in the city.
Progressive Party MP Karl Garðasson declared at Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, on Wednesday that RÚV, the national broadcasting service, was essentially “bankrupt,” and that courage is needed to review its operations.
Iceland has failed to implement a directive on labeling and standard product information on energy consumption into its national legislation before the June 1, 2013 deadline, the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) announced yesterday. Therefore, the matter will be brought before the EFTA Court....
The consumer standard used by the Icelandic Ministry of Finance in its calculations on which a bill on changes to the VAT system are based must be reviewed, according to deputy MP for the Independence Party Bryndís Loftsdóttir, who reasons that the ministry is assuming too low amounts for...