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PM Strikes Back in Central Banker Salary Debate

Prime Minister of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir said the people who have issued the harshest criticism on her position in the salary affairs of Central Bank governor Már Gudmundsson are throwing rocks in glass houses.

Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

It is absolutely clear that she had nothing do to with determining his salary, Sigurdardóttir told ruv.is, pointing out that undersecretary of the Prime Minister’s Office Ragnhildur Arnljótsdóttir, chairwoman of the banking council Lára V. Júlíusdóttir, and Gudmundsson himself have all confirmed that statement.

Sigurdardóttir claimed that she has not kept anything under wraps and that everything is on the table.

The MPs Birkir Jón Jónsson of the Progressive Party and Sigurdur Kári Kristjánsson of the Independence Party were the first to ask her about this matter in parliament and Kristjánsson had stated that it reeked of political corruption.

The PM also criticized the reporting of Morgunbladid and accused its editor, former Prime Minister and Central Banker Davíd Oddsson, of bullying.

After assuming the chair of PM when the Independence Party-Social Democrat coalition collapsed in January 2009, Sigurdarsdóttir’s first task was to fire the three Central Bank governors, Oddsson included.

Click here to read more about the salary controversy.

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