Irate members of parliament protested the absence of Iceland’s Prime Minister yesterday when he departed during the open questions portion of parliament, just as he was being quizzed about Icelandic Index Linked Mortgages, reports Vísir.
During yesterday’s open questions, Árni Páll Árnason, leader of the Social Democratic Alliance, requested a time to discuss the Prime Minister’s plans to abolish indexed loans and provide debt relief – the Progressive Party’s main campaign platform.
However, as soon as the topic came up, the PM left the hall and MPs began to grumble, one even going so far as accusing the prime minister of running off “to eat cake again,” referring to an incident in May of this year.
Katrín Júlíusdóttir of the Social Democratic Alliance protested, saying that the minute the topic of indexation arose all you saw was “the soles of Sigmundur’s feet leaving the parliamentary hall.”
Sigríður Ingibjörg Ingadóttir, also of the Social Democratic Alliance, said that the Prime Minister had gotten away with avoiding the topic for months and that she insisted the Speaker of Alþingi, Einar K. Guðfinnsson, ensure the discussion take place.
Sigríður’s request was supported by a number of other MPs from the Left Greens and Pirate Party.