The coalition parties will be meeting today at Þingvellir to discuss the upcoming legislative session. Following Bjarni Benediktsson’s resignation as Minister of Finance, changes to the government will be announced tomorrow.
Changes to government announced tomorrow
Changes will be introduced to the government tomorrow following Bjarni Benediktsson’s resignation from the position of Minister of Finance, with a cabinet meeting held at the presidential residence at Bessastaðir. Before noon today, however, the coalition parties are meeting at Þingvellir in South Iceland, RÚV reports.
According to Ingibjörg Isaksen, Chair of the Progressive Party’s parliamentary group, the meeting was planned before Bjarni announced his resignation as Minister of Finance. The main issues facing the government in the upcoming parliamentary session are on the agenda.
Ingibjörg told RÚV that changes to the government are in the hands of the governing party leaders and are not formally on today’s meeting agenda. “The leaders have been discussing this and it’s entirely in their hands. Whether they inform us today or tomorrow, it’s up to them.”
As noted by RÚV, there is no information available about what changes will be made to the government, whether, for example, Bjarni Benediktsson will assume another ministerial position or which position that might be. There has been some speculation that Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, will swap roles with Bjarni.