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Independence Party Vice Chair Resigns, Takes a Leave from Althingi Because of Report

By Iceland Review

Thorgerdur Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, Vice Chairman of the Independence Party and former Minister of Education announced this morning at a party conference that she has decided to step down as vice chairman and take a temporary leave of absence from Althingi, Iceland’s Parliament. She believes that her presence in Althingi could disturb the work in connection with the report of the investigative committee. Gunnardóttir said: “I find that my credibility as a politician is damaged because of the report and because of you, my party, I take this decision.”

Thorgerdur Katrín Gunnarsdóttir. Photo Iceland Review

She was not one of three ministers mentioned in the report as having possibly neglected their duties. However, it was revealed that her husband, one of the top level manager at Kaupthing Bank, had taken loans amounting to 1.8 billion IS, (approximately 10 million €) to buy shares in the bank. Gunnarsdóttir was elected Vice Chairman in 2005, at the same time as Geir H. Haarde took over the chairmanship from David Oddsson.

The Independence Party is the leading opposition party.

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