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Video: Iceland’s Parliament Votes on High Court

The following video shows the voting that took place in the Icelandic parliament, Althingi, yesterday afternoon when it was decided that former Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde should be taken to High Court for negligence in office but no other ministers.

In the video MPs are voting on the case of former Finance Minister Árni M. Mathiesen.

Video by Páll Kjartansson. Copyright: Click here to download the video.


Althingi – High Court: Voting

Speaker of Parliament Ásta Ragnheidur Jóhannesdóttir calls the names of MPs who then cast their votes, “yes” () or “no” (nei).

Independence Party MP Pétur Blöndal wishes to explain the reason for his voting:

“This is a political trial as is evident by the voting; votes are cast according to party lines. It is interesting that no Left-Green MP has doubts about the guilt. It is interesting. Therefore I cannot accept this charge, that Árni Mathiesen is being charged for a crime, and so I say ‘no’.”

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson of the Progressive Party also wishes to speak:

“Respected Speaker, we are discussing a big issue here where the conclusion is based first and foremost on the evaluation of each MP on whether conviction is likely before the High Court…”

Click here to read more about the voting and the reactions to it.

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