DV reports today that former education minister and former deputy chair of the Independence Party, Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, will be leading the list of candidates for the new Reform Party in the Southwest Iceland constituency in this fall’s election.
A Gallup poll conducted July 26-August 31 confirms that the Independence Party and the Pirate Party are Iceland’s largest political parties.
Foreign Minister Lilja Alfreðsdóttir’s bill on the establishment of a National Security Council was passed at Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, yesterday. The council will be responsible for Iceland’s policy on national security and will be chaired by the prime minister.
Prime Minister of Iceland Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson stated that it’s important for the government to send a clear message that the inequality which comes with sky-high bonus payments will not be tolerated. He calls the Kaupþing bonuses “tactless and even immoral.”
MP for the Progressive Party Höskuldur Þórhallsson has announced that he will run against the party’s chair, former Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, as leader of the Northeast constituency.
The Independence Party has reclaimed its position as Iceland’s largest political party with a 24.6 percent support ranking, a new survey by MMR, shows. The Pirate Party, which has topped most polls for the past year and a half, is down to 22.4 percent.
Today, Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson sent his and the Icelandic nation’s condolences to Italian President Sergio Mattarella and the Italian nation.
Today, the foreign ministers of Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland signed a declaration regarding a plan to look into the advantages of establishing a three-way free trade agreement between the countries.
President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson has announced that he would like to change the tradition that the official who becomes acting president while the president is abroad—most often the prime minister—escorts the president to Iceland’s boarders.
Yesterday afternoon, Minister of Social Affairs and Housing Eygló Harðardóttir abstained during a vote on the Icelandic governmment’s budget plan for 2017-2021.
A draft resolution introduced yesterday by Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson and Prime Minister Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson includes measures which would be a big step toward the lifting of capital controls in Iceland.
Newly declassified US documents reveal that during the Cold War, US authorities contemplated deploying nuclear weapons in Iceland without alerting Icelandic authorities.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson and Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson introduced a new program called First Home, meant to make it easier for young people to purchase their first home.
Last week, Icelandic Minister of Social Affairs and Housing Eygló Harðardóttir introduced a draft resolution regarding parental leave.
Icelandic Minister of Education Illugi Gunnarsson has decided not to run for parliament in coming elections in October.
Last night, Icelandic government leaders proposed to the opposition that parliamentary elections be held on October 29th this year.
Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson believes it would be a major mistake to nail down an election day for the fall.
Minister of Social Affairs and Housing Eygló Harðardóttir has not decided whether to run against former Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson as leader of the Progressive Party.
On their first official visit yesterday, President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and his wife Eliza Reid went to Sólheimar, a sustainable community in South Iceland. Guðni commented that he “felt like a rock star” as everybody wanted to take their picture with him.
In a report published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), US Authorities are encouraged to reopen their naval air station in Keflavík, Iceland.
President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, who was inaugurated yesterday, will address the Reykjavík Pride Parade on Saturday.
First Lady Eliza Reid wore an impressive Icelandic national costume (skautbúningur) at the presidential inauguration in Alþingishús, the Icelandic parliamentary building, yesterday.
President Guðni Th. struck a new tone, in his inauguration speech, one of hope, tolerance, compromise and humility.