Chairman of the Left-Green Movement, Finance Minister Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, said it is sad that Atli Gíslason, the party’s only MP from the South Iceland constituency, has resigned from the parliamentary party.
Steingrímur J. Sigfússon. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.
Sigfússon told ruv.is that he understands the disappointment of the constituency council, who issued a resolution yesterday saying Gíslason is no longer working in the authority of voters in south Iceland.
The minister added the resignation of Lilja Mósesdóttir from the parliamentary party had not been as surprising.
In an interview on RÚV’s radio station Rás 2 he said he would not respond to the MPs’ criticism other than denying that their freedom of speech had been obstructed, reasoning that this is such a serious matter that he couldn’t just leave it at that.
“I’d like to ask people whether they really think Lilja Mósesdóttir’s freedom of speech has been obstructed lately,” Sigfússon commented.
Mósesdóttir has been vocal in parliament on her opposition to some of the government’s policies, for example in regard to the 2011 budget bill, which she, along with Gíslason and Ásmundur Dadi Einarsson, did not support.