The three Left-Green MPs who abstained in the voting on their own coalition government’s 2011 budget bill late last year—a move causing controversy within the party—would not comment after a party meeting that lasted several hours last night.
The Left-Green leadership. From left to right: Finance Minister and party chairman Steingrímur J. Sigfússon and Education Minister and party vice-chair Katrín Jakobsdóttir. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.
The threesome, Lilja Mósesdóttir, Ásmundur Einar Dadason and Atli Gíslason, demanded in a declaration yesterday that the party’s parliamentary group chairman Árni Thór Sigurdsson publicly apologized to them for his comments, ruv.is reports.
On RÚV’s news magazine Kastljós in December, Sigurdsson accused the three MPs of uncooperative behavior and unfair perversions.
When asked whether he would apologize, Sigurdsson said he hadn’t been asked to do so and that he hadn’t heard of the threesome’s declaration.
He said that no specific conclusion had been reached after yesterday’s meeting where European affairs and fisheries were discussed thoroughly, especially the latter topic.
When asked whether the three MPs will continue working with the Left-Greens, Sigurdsson declared the whole affair is a tempest in a teapot cooked up by the media, stating party members were determined to work together and back the government, even though there may be some difference in opinion.
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