Former Minister of Commerce, Björgvin G. Sigurdsson, has decided to take a temporary leave of absence from Althingi, Iceland’s Parliament. He believes that his presence in Althingi could disturb the work in connection with the report of the investigative committee. Sigurdsson was one of three ministers mentioned in the report as having possibly neglected his duties.
In the report it is revealed that his own Social Democratic Party Chairwoman, Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Minister of Foreign Affairs, systematically kept Gíslason in the dark regarding many important matters and decisions related to the banking crisis.
In an interview with mbl.is Sigurdsson said that the work following the report was without precedents in Iceland and had to be done as thoroughly as possible and nothing should reduce its credibility. “Hence I have decided to take a temporary leave of absence from Althingi while members of Parliament reach a decision in this important matter.”
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