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Huge crowd demanded Gunnlaugsson's resignation

04.04.2016 - 19:38
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Thousands of Icelanders packed the streets in Reykjavik today demanding the resignation of Prime minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson. According to police it was one of the biggest rallies ever in Reykjavík. Bjarni Benediktsson, Financial minister, thinks the government is in a difficult position and he is not ready to support the PM.

Gunnlaugsson has refused to resign after being accused of hiding assets in offshore accounts. Opposition parties in parliament pressed Gunnlaugsson to resign and have called for the dissolution of parliament and early elections. Gunnlaugsson says no rules have been broken, he has paid taxes in Iceland and his wife has not benefited financially. The company, Wintris, was bought in 2007. It is registered in Tortola and was used to invest millions of dollars that Gunnlaugssons wife, Anna Sigurlaug Pálsdóttir, inherited from her father. 

Benediktsson claims he has not spoken to the PM today but admits his position is complicated. He does not want to discuss whether he trusts the PM or not in the media. The cabinet is assuring it has the support it needs and that support is what the two parties have been discussing seperatly today.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir, chairman of the Left green party, says that people are shocked and dissapointed, somewhat like in the bank collapse in 2008. „This is very serious and it is clear that elected officials have been playing by other rules than the public. And that they have kept this information secret, like how the prime minister lied in Kastljós yesterday and I think that's the most shocking in yesterday's news.“ 

Árni Páll Árnason, chairman of Samfylkingin, the Social Democratic Alliance, says he is shocked after what the Panama papers revealed. „It was a lot worse than I could have imagined and I think the whole nation is in shock. We have to realize that the repuation of the nation is at stake and we have more responsibility to save that than to protect some people or some parties. It's about the greater good, not the interest of individuals. We have to show the world that fundamental ethics in politics are working in Iceland and that Iceland is not the only country in the western world where it is acceptable for politicians to have offshore companies.“

Bjarni Pétur Jónsson
Fréttastofa RÚV