Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson told the press a few minutes ago that he and Finance Minister Bjarni Bendiktsson have reached an agreement on who will replace Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson as prime minister.
Eyjan reports that Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson’s statement to foreign media, stressing that he is only stepping aside as prime minister for an unspecified amount of time has been far from well received by members of the Independence Party.
A statement sent out last night to foreign media from the prime minister’s office is yet another act of surprise in yesterday’s unprecedented chain of events.
PM Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson has just announced on his Facebook page that he is threatening a dissolution of parliament and elections unless the Independence Party supports the government in completing its mission.
The revelation made last night by the huge leak of documents from a law firm in Panama, linking PM Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson to a company on Tortola, and other Icelandic politicians to companies in tax havens, continues to have widespread repercussions.
Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson has not contemplated resigning following revelations about his connections to a company on Tortola, revealed by the so-called Panama Papers.
The opposition will propose a vote of no confidence in PM Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson and his cabinet today when Alþingi the Icelandic parliament reconvenes after Easter break.
The Panama leak and its revelations about PM Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson’s finances have been widely covered in the world press since last night.
An unprecedented leak of more than 11 million documents from the notorious Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca reveals detailed information about a company owned by Iceland’s Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson and his wife Anna Sigurlaug Pálsdóttir.
Since it was revealed on March 15 that Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson’s wife owns a company registered in Tortola, the British Virgin Islands, the issue has been much debated in the media.
Close to 9,000 people have signed a petition stating, “Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, you are hereby fired as prime minister of Iceland.”
Prime Minister of Iceland, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, has spoken out about his wife’s business affairs after several days of increasingly awkward silence.
Hlín Einarsdóttir, who has admitted to trying to extort money from Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, has told reporters that Malín brand, her sister, lied about having been innocent and an unwitting participant when she drove her sister to collect the money. Hlín says that Malín...