Former PM Begins U.S. Ambassadorial Post - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Former PM Begins U.S. Ambassadorial Post

Published January 5, 2015

Nanna Árnadóttir
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Sigtryggur AriI/DV

Former Prime Minister of Iceland, Geir H. Haarde, has assumed his pivotal ambassadorial post in Washington D.C., reports RÚV.

Geir has taken over for Guðmundur Árni Stefánsson, who has served as Iceland’s ambassador to the U.S since 2011.

Geir is most known for serving as PM during Iceland’s 2008 economic meltdown.

In 2010, parliament voted in favour of Geir standing trial for negligence and mismanagement while in office.

Geir was eventually found guilty of one of the four charges of negligence levied against him. As reported, the charge was that he either knew or should have known that he had to respond in some way to the information he had been receiving that the economy was unstable.

Despite being found guilty, the court did not give Geir a sentence for the charge, and ruled that the Icelandic government would pay for his legal expenses, which totalled 24 million ISK.

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