The Icelandic parliament Alþingi voted on Friday whether a resolution presented by Bjarni Benediktsson, chairman of the opposition’s Independence Party, on whether Alþingi should drop its charges against former Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde, should be dismissed.
Inside Alþingi. Archive photo by Páll Kjartansson.
The proposal to dismiss the resolution was rejected by 31 votes to 29, as stated on eyjan.is, and so the resolution will now move on to discussions in Alþingi’s Scrutiny and Constitutional Affairs Committee.
The vote has caused anger among the ruling parties, Fréttablaðið reports.
Foreign Minister Össur Skarphéðinsson of the Social Democrats cut short an official visit abroad to be able to participate in the vote. He voted against the proposal, which, among others, was presented by his party’s acting parliamentary leader Magnús Orri Schram.
In the other coalition party, the Left-Greens, many members are dissatisfied with the position fellow party member, Minister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson, has taken on the trial against Geir. While supporting it at first, he now wants to the charges dropped.
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