Althingi, the Icelandic parliament has just voted on whether four ministers should be brought before a special court ruling on ministerial responsibility and misdemeanour. The result is that only Geir Haarde, prime minister May 2007-Feb. 2009, will be charged. This means that the court will be convened.
The three other ex-ministers that a parliamentary commission has also pointed out as culprits – Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir minister of foreign affairs and leader of the social democrats, Bjorgvin Sigurdsson from the same party and minister of trade and Arni Matthiesen minister of finance, from the conservatives – will not be charged.
There will be many who find this awkward: if one leading minister failed in his job didn’t all the other ministers who were in charge of or responsible for the economy fail?
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