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Voice Distrust in New Prime Minister Through Online Petition

Over 14,000 people have signed a petition to the effect that Bjarni Benediktsson does not enjoy their support as Prime Minister. Bjarni has countered by stating that the Independence Party received the most votes in the last parliamentary elections.

Signatures added every minute

Bjarni Benediktsson, Chair of the Independence Party, assumed the role of Prime Minister of Iceland yesterday after Katrín Jakobsdóttir resigned from the position to run for president.

Shortly after it was announced that Bjarni would assume leadership, a petition quickly emerged among those who lack trust in Bjarni’s capacity as Prime Minister. The petition has been circulating for just under a day, with dozens of signatures being added every minute, Vísir reports.

“Bjarni Benediktsson enjoys little trust among the public. Just four months ago, a poll found that ‘three out of every four have little trust in the foreign minister according to a new survey.’ Bjarni Benediktsson does not have our support as Prime Minister,” the petition reads.

People have the right to disagree

In an interview with Vísir, Bjarni reacted to the petition by stating that people are free to have their opinions, as Iceland is one of the freest and most prosperous countries in the world.

“People have the right to protest and sign petitions. It must be seen as part of the normal functioning of democracy in Iceland that not everyone holds the same opinion. Even if a few thousand people sign a list, or even ten times more vote for another party, that’s just how it is,” Bjarni remarked. He pointed out that the Independence Party had received the most votes in the last election and that he entered parliament with the highest number of votes of any MP.

“Of course, I’m listening, and I’m keeping an eye on what’s happening in society. But if one spends all their energy chasing down the last voice of disagreement, then that’s all that one is doing,” Bjarni remarked, adding that he intended to use his energy to follow his heart and to do what he had promised to the voters of his party.

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