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Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir.

Sixty-Seven Percent Want Interior Minister to Quit

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.’

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir

Party Members Declare Support for Interior Minister

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.

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir

Leak Affair: Minister’s Assistant Charged

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.

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir

Alþingi Ombudsman Asks Minister for Information

Tryggvi Gunnarsson, ombudsman for Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, sent a letter to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir yesterday to request all available information about her communication with former Chief of Police in Reykjavík Stefán Eiríksson regarding the police’s...

Palestinians inspect the remains of a house which was destroyed during an air strike in Central Bureij refugee camp, in the Middle Area of the Gaza Strip, 15 July 2014

Iceland Sends ISK 12 Million to Gaza

Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson has allocated ISK 12 million (USD 104,000, EUR 77,700) to two United Nations programs operating in Gaza in light of the humanitarian crisis in the region.

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson

Foreign Minister Expresses Condolences over Flight MH17

Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson released a statement before the weekend expressing his condolences to the families and friends of the people on board flight MH17 plane that was shot down over Eastern Ukraine last week.

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

No Comment from President over Campaign Statements

President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson refuses to comment on whether or not he will complete his term or step down, as he had suggested he might during the election campaign in 2012 if the political situation in Iceland became stable.

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