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Iceland’s PM: Parliament Needs More Time

Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir said she doubted that the Althingi parliament will be able to complete all the projects at hand by March 12, after which date parliament should be dissolved because of the upcoming elections on April 25.

Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir speaking at parliament at a different occasion. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

Sigurdardóttir therefore suggested, after receiving a question from former Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde on the matter at Althingi yesterday, that parliament continue working for a longer period of time, even until April 4, Fréttabladid reports.

Haarde, who is chairman of the Independence Party, said he couldn’t believe that the legislature would continue operating until shortly before elections under these circumstances and especially not if it is presented with the task of changing the constitution.

Vice-chairperson of the Independence Party, Thorgerdur Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, offered her party’s help in completing important matters. “We will then postpone everything else and only discuss economic and employment-related matters in the few days that are left.”

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