Only 6 MPs have not spoken out

16.01.2019 - 09:31
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 Mynd: Ragnar Visage - RÚV
Only six members of Alþingi, out of 63, are considered competent to bring the Klaustur scandal to the Alþingi ethics committee.

Three are from Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn (the Independence Party), two from Vinstri grænir (the Left Greens), and one from Miðflokkurinn (the Centre Party). A new committee will be appointed with this one goal in mind. 

On Tuesday evening, the 20th November, six members of Alþingi from Miðflokkurinn and Flokkur fólksins (the People’s Party) sat at Klaustur bar, next to Alþingi, and had a very loud, disrespectful conversation that was secretly recorded by a disgusted member of the public. Over the following fortnight, almost all their parliamentary colleagues went public with their opinions on the case; through the traditional media, online, or in the debating chamber.  

As a result, all are now considered partial—including all members of the prime ministerial committee—and unfit to work on the case. A new prime ministerial committee will now be elected from among the six ‘impartial’ MPs, with the single goal of bringing the case to the ethics committee. Alþingi demands that the committee members must not have publicly commented on the case, in any way, so that their integrity can be ensured. 

According to RÚV sources, there are only six MPs out of the 57 who were not in Klaustur bar that evening who fit the requirement. They are: Haraldur Benediktsson, Óli Björn Kárason, and Njáll Trausti Friðbertsson from Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn, Steinunn Þóra Árnadóttir and Ólafur Þór Gunnarsson from Vinstri grænir, and Sigurður Páll Jónsson from Miðflokkurinn. Sigurður has already asked to be excused from the committee, as his party is at the centre of the scandal. 

The new committee will be created next week and will exist until the case is closed, with the conclusion of the ethics committee, after two-and-a-half months.