News Tagged with “General Elections”

Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson.

PM was shocked to hear of father's signature- calls for new elections

15 Sep "I want to stress that it was a shock for me to hear this. I could never have signed such a letter and I would never have defended such actions," said Prime Minister and Independence Party leader Bjarni Benediktsson moments ago at a press conference on the government collapse referring to a letter signed by his father to restore a pedophile's honour.

Bergur Þór Ingólfsson, actor and director, and father of a woman who was abused by Robert Downey when she was a teenager.

"That trust is long gone." - Interview with father of one of the victims

15 Sep In the cultural niche of older men, sexual offences are taken lightly, which they should not be, and the fact the government collapses as a result of this discussion about restored honour, proves that," says actor Bergur Þór Ingólfsson. He's the father of one of the victims of Robert Downey, whose honour was restored according to Icelandic law.

Laws for "restored honour" are 77 years old

15 Sep So what exactly is this legal procedure in Iceland called "restored honour" ? Iceland Monitor finds out in light of the current government scandal.

The Reykjavik Slut Walk in 2017 where thousands of people marched for victims of sexual abuse.

"It was the voices of women that collapsed the government"

15 Sep The Icelandic government collapsed because women spoke out, reads a statement by the Icelandic Women's Rights Association. "Society no longer has patience towards a system that protects offenders and doesn't care about victims."

Birgitta Jónsdóttir reads the statement of the Pirate Party.

Iceland's Pirate Party calls for new constitution

15 Sep Pirate Party captain Birgitta Jónsdóttir read a statement imploring other parties in Parliament to respond to the appeal made by Iceland's president to agree to a new draft of the constitution before parliament is dissolved.

Benedikt Jóhannesson, Minister of Finance and leader of the Reform Party.

"Disappointed" - but respects Bright Future's stance

15 Sep Leader of the Reform Party, Benedikt Jóhannesson says that the fact that Prime Minister Benediktsson was told of his father's involvement in the restoration of honour of one of Iceland's most notorious pedophiles was abnormal. If the matter had been a confidential one to everyone it would have been more natural.

Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson is bound to meet with the President of Iceland today, says professor of politics Eirikur Bergmann.

"An extraordinarily weak government" says political expert

15 Sep Professor Eiríkur Bergmann says that the PM is bound to meet with the President today to give back his mandate. This is the third government coalition in a row to collapse under the lead of the Independence Party.

The current government, which has just collapsed. Elections will most likely take place as soon as possible.

Iceland's government collapses

15 Sep Leaders of the Bright Future Party have ended their coalition with the Independence Party and its PM Bjarni Benediktsson. The reason: A serious breach of trust within the government.

Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson.

New Iceland PM says "Maybe a mistake not putting the offshore accounts report forward"

12 Jan PM Bjarni Benediktsson says that not revealing the report for offshore accounts of Icelanders before the elections may have been a mistake but does not see it as becoming a problem for the new government.

Bjarni Benediktsson photographed yesterday in his new office as Prime Minister.

New Iceland PM jumps into eighth place on the Hottest Head of State list

12 Jan Icelanders seem to be having mixed feelings about Independence Party leader Bjarni Benediktsson becoming their new Prime Minister. Now for a fun fact, since becoming PM he jumped straight to the eighth place on an international list of the Hottest Head of State.

Iceland's new government aims to reduce national debt.

Iceland’s new government’s economic policy

12 Jan Iceland's new coalition government has put forward an economic plan. Here are the highlights.

Björt Ólafsdóttir on the left is the new Minister for the Environment. Óttarr Proppé, on the right, is the new Minister of Health.

The two mavericks of style in Iceland's new government

11 Jan Two of the new Ministers in the new government of Iceland have been noted for their fabulous personal style. Óttarr Proppé, Minister of Health is also member of heavy metal band Ham

The new government of Iceland at the Bessastaðir Presidential residence earlier today.

Presenting Iceland's new government

11 Jan Here's a look at Iceland's new government, a coalition between the Independence Party, Regeneration and Bright Future.

Bjarni Benediktsson, leader of the Independence Party, Benedikt Jóhannesson, leader of Restoration and  Óttarr Proppé, leader of Bright Future.

A new right-wing government for Iceland

10 Jan A government agreement was reached yesterday between the Independence Party, Restoration and Bright Future.

Political deadlock in Iceland – no government for Christmas?

15 Dec Negotiations on forming a new government to rule Iceland are at stalemate, with some predicting the country may remain without a government for some time to come.

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