A motion of no confidence under a steady drum of protest

A motion of no confidence of the ruling Progressive and Independent party´s government led by the newly appointed prime minister Sigurður Ingi Jóhannson will be deliberated today and then voted on in parliament this afternoon. The leaders of the ruling parties have said the motion will fail with thirty eight votes from the ruing parties of sixty three votes in total. If the motion were to be approved the new prime minister would have to step down. A motion of no confidence has once been approved in the history of the republic on Iceland, in 1950.

Protesters are still calling for hasty elections and gathering every day outside the parliament building with a steady beat of the kitchen utensils drums on Austurvöllur. But they also go where events take them, to the presidential residency; Bessastaðir and the “government house” in Lækjargata. Protestors flash a red card, referring to when a referee in soccer shows you the red card meaning you have to leave the field of play immediately and bananas on sticks referring to the term banana republic. The protests are organized by a group calling them self the “Jæja” group, an eclectic group of individuals gathering and organizing via Facebook.