Iceland PM under fire from own party

Is the net closing in on Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson?

Is the net closing in on Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson? Photo: Iceland Monitor/Ernir Eyjólfsson

Iceland’s embattled Prime Minister suffered a further blow to his leadership yesterday evening as fellow party councillors from Iceland’s second largest city publicly declared against him.

Yesterday afternoon saw one of the largest political demonstrations in Iceland’s history, demanding PM Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson stand down.

Akureyri.

Akureyri. Photo: Skapti Hallgrímsson

Adding to the PM’s woes later in the evening, a statement was issued on social media by councillors in the North Iceland city of Akureyri – from the PM’s own party – calling for his resignation.

“As a result of the trust deficit has we feel has opened up between the Prime Minister and Progressive Party members – and indeed the entire nation, we hereby urge Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson to resign his position of Prime Minister forthwith,” reads the post.

It is signed by senior Akureyri councillors of the Progressive Party past and present.

As well as Prime Minister of Iceland, Gunnlaugsson is the ...

As well as Prime Minister of Iceland, Gunnlaugsson is the leader of the centrist Progressive Party ('Framsokn'). Photo: Iceland Monitor/Styrmir Kári

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