Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, parliamentary chair of Miðflokkurinn (the Centre Party), has declared he is going on leave. He announced his departure in a notice to his party leader and party colleagues in Alþingi on Friday. The announcement does not say how long he will be away from parliament, or why.
Gunnar Bragi has not answered journalists’ phone calls, and neither has Miðflokkurinn leader Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson. Miðflokkurinn MP Anna Kolbrún Árnadóttir told RÚV she knows very little about the case other than that the decision was taken for personal reasons.
She confirmed when asked that Gunnar Bragi’s decision came suddenly, and that Bergþór Ólason is expected to take over as leader of the parliamentary group of Miðflokkurinn MPs this week. No further action has been taken by the party and Gunnar Bragi’s alternate, Una María Óskarsdóttir, is expected to take his seat in parliament, as is customary when MPs are absent.
Gunnar Bragi took a leave of absence from work early this winter following his involvement in the Klaustur scandal in late November. He returned to Alþingi late in January.