Finance Minister Steingrímur J. Sigfússon said this morning on radio Bylgjan that he had considered resigning after President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson refused to sign the Icesave-law. When asked if he is thinking about resigning after the referendum he says that he sees no purpose in doing so.
“The message is clear and we should pay notice.” He furthermore said that the obvious message of the referendum is that the nation is unhappy about the Icesave-issue.
“But the election was not a test of the government,” Sigfússon declared and he does not interpret the election as a sign of weakness of the government. He said that the he will not shrink from the responsibility that the issue is unsolved and it is on his shift. “The nation can not have this case like a nightmare, it must be solved.”
Last night Sigfússon said on RÚV television that he task was very difficult and no fun. He said that he had asked foreign reporters whether they knew anyone who would take on the job of Finance Minister.