Politics Iceland prime minister resigns over Panama Papers revelations

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  1. Scarlett Ohara

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    http://www.theguardian.com/world/20...igns-over-panama-papers-revelations?CMP=fb_us

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/06/w...s-iceland.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0
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    Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson has resigned as Iceland’s prime minister. Photograph: Brynjar
    Gunnlaugsson’s office has said his shareholding was an error due simply to the couple having a joint bank account and that it had “always been clear to both of them that the prime minister’s wife owned the assets”. The transfer of ownership was made as soon as this was pointed out, a spokesman said. The prime minister denies he was required to declare an interest.

    The Guardian has seen no evidence to suggest tax avoidance, evasion or any dishonest financial gain on the part of Gunnlaugsson, Pálsdóttir or Wintris.

    But Gunnlaugsson’s political opponents and many ordinary Icelanders, more than 10,000 of whom staged a first mass protest outside parliament on Monday night, are outraged at what many see as an attempt by their prime minister – even if he has done nothing illegal – to hide money offshore.

    Such allegations are particularly incendiary in Iceland, which was brought almost to its knees in the financial crisis of 2008 by the recklessness of a small group of bankers and businessmen – several now in jail – who used offshore companies to conceal their dealings in high-risk financial products.

    Plunged into a deep depression, Iceland had to be bailed out by the International Monetary Fund – and introduced strict capital controls limiting the amount of money people could take out of the country.

    Gunnlaugsson is also accused of a conflict of interest for failing to disclose his involvement with the company.

    Wintris held millions of pounds worth of bonds in Landsbanki, Glitnir and Kaupthing, the three big Icelandic banks that collapsed in the crisis with liabilities of more than 10 times the country’s GDP – and whose bankruptcies the prime minister’s government was responsible for overseeing.

    Gunnlaugsson has repeatedly said he broke no laws and held no money offshore personally, and that he and his wife had always paid all their taxes in Iceland. His policies, which included refusing to repay the failed Icelandic banks’ many foreign creditors in full, always aimed to put the Icelandic people first, he has insisted.

    On Tuesday, however, members of Gunnlaugsson’s party called for the first time for him to go. City councillors from his own constituency of Akureyri said he should step down over what they deemed a crisis of confidence.

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    on MPs are much more outspoken. “People just feel humilated,” said Bigitta Jónsdóttir of the radical Pirate party, which opinion polls currently estimate is the country’s largest with the support of between 35% and 42% of the electorate.

    “After what happened to this country in 2008 we needed honesty, transparency and integrity from our leaders,” Jónsdóttir said. “None of these things have been evident

    Arni Pall Arnason, leader of the opposition Social Democratic Alliance, said Gunlaugsson’s position was no longer tenable.

    “I think it’s obvious that we cannot tolerate a leadership that is linked to offshore holdings,” Arnason said. “Iceland cannot be the only western European democratic country with a political leadership in this position.”
     
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    Sloppy. What a douche.
     
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    The Radical Pirate Party....
    Arrrrrrrr shiver me timbers.
     
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    ...i heard this was going to a huge story involving heads of state around the world. this is the tip of the iceberg. get it? tip of the iceberg! :jj:
     
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    Loves me some Icelandic women!!

    Anita Briem

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    From somewhere else:

     
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    A fire-proof safe in the basement may be the safest way to go nowadays.
     
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    Where are the names of the American heads of state, celebs, and CEOs, hmmmm?
     
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    Dude should have resigned just for being named Sigmundur.
     
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    heads will roll
    lettuce all believe that

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    I've wasted my life so far
     
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    happen to have a source for that?..before I tweet it I'd like it to be somewhat reliably sourced. thanks
     
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    Hillary and obama supported the free trade with Panama, Bernie opposed it.

     
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    You will LOVE this!

    From the dailykos of all fucking things:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/4/5/1510760/-Panama-Papers-Hillary-connection-to-Deutche-Bank

    Concerning the Panama Papers scandal, let's start putting two and two together.

    1. Hillary Clinton lobbied for the Panama-United States Trade Promotion Agreement, and WAS WARNED it would make money laundering and tax evasion easier for rich folks and bad guys. www.ibtimes.com/...

    2. Deutsche Bank is up to its eyeballs in this shit. www.dw.com/...

    3. After resigning as SoS, Hillary Clinton personally made $485,000 speaking to - don't hold your breath, you know where I'm going with this - Deutsche Bank.theintercept.com/…

    No nuance. It’s really simple. Hillary Clinton did Deutche Bank a big lucrative solid, and they returned the favor when it was legally permissible.

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    The geo-thermal spa in Iceland called the Blue Lagoon is the best layover in the world.

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    No one is going to jail over this...because no one ever does...ever.