Iceland’s President “yet to take a position” on election bid

President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and First Lady Dorrit Moussai­eff.

President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and First Lady Dorrit Moussai­eff. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Eggert Jóhannesson

It is not yet clear whether yesterday’s ‘Panama Papers’ revelations involving the family of Iceland’s First Lady will have any bearing on the current President’s plans to run for re-election.

Icelandic news website mbl.is (link in Icelandic) asked Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson whether the revelations might affect his bid to become Iceland’s President for a sixth consecutive term.

The President was also asked whether he and his wife, Dorrit Moussaieff, intended to publish the tax returns as other Icelandic politicians have recently done.

Director of the President’s Office Árni Sigurjónsson told mbl.is that “the President has yet to take a position” on the questions asked.

News emerged yesterday that Moussaieff’s family own a company which was registered 1999-2005 in the known tax haven of the British Virgin Islands. The company features in the so-called ‘Panama Papers’ leaked from the Mossack Fonseca law firm.

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