Ogmundur Jonasson, Iceland’s Minister for Health resigned his position earlier today in a meeting with Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir. He says he cannot put his weight behind the Icesave deal as the government is requiring its ministers to do. He does not, however, wish for his actions to destroy the coalition.
Jonasson said after the meeting that although he has resigned as a minister, he will carry on his duties as a Member of Parliament. He is an MP for the Left Green Party, led by Minister of Finance Steingrimur J. Sigfusson.
Jonasson said that despite his resignation from the Cabinet, he hopes the current government remains in power as long as possible and that it will bring the successful resolution of the ongoing Icesave dispute to the very top of its parliamentary agenda. “The whole time, I have felt that the Icesave issue and the survival of this government are separate issues,” he told Visir.is.
Jonasson continued that he has no idea who will take over his ministerial role yet, before reasserting the importance of the Icesave issue: “I had hoped we would continue our work before the summer holiday when this huge issue was being dealt with separately from all other party political matters.”