Reuters reports: Iceland’s prime minister asked the president on Tuesday to dissolve parliament in the face of a looming no-confidence vote and protests, after leaked files showed his wife owned an offshore firm with big claims on the country’s collapsed banks.
After a meeting with Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson, President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson said he had asked for talks with the main parties before making a decision. Dissolving parliament would almost certainly lead to a new election.
“I was not ready to agree to that request (for dissolving parliament) until I had a discussions with the leaders of other parties on their stand,” Grimsson told reporters.
“I do not think it is normal that the prime minister alone … should be given the authority to dissolve the parliament without the majority of the parliament being satisfied with that decision.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Gunnlaugsson said on his Facebook page: “I would dissolve parliament and call for new elections as soon as possible” if he lost support among his ruling coalition members.
On Monday, the opposition filed a motion of no-confidence and thousands of Icelanders gathered in front of parliament, hurling eggs and bananas and demanding the departure of the leader of the centre-right coalition government, in power since 2013.
Gunnlaugsson would be the first casualty of the “Panama Papers” a leaked collection of documents revealing the financial arrangements of politicians and public figures from around the world. [Continue reading…]