Iceland Prime Minister Says He Didn't Resign

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Reuters
Iceland Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson is the first leader set to step down after leaked files disclosed how the world’s wealthy avoid taxes.

Iceland Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson

Update:

Iceland Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson said in a press release that previous reports indicating he has resigned are incorrect, and that he is instead stepping away for an unspecified amount of time and will continue to serve as the Chairman of the Progressive Party.


Iceland Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson will step down, the deputy head of his party said on Tuesday, after leaked files showed the premier's wife owned an offshore firm with big claims on Iceland's collapsed banks.

Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson, who is also currently minister of fisheries and agriculture, told reporters that the progressive party will suggest to its coalition partners in the Independence Party that he should become the new prime minister.

Earlier in the day, Gunnlaugsson asked Iceland's president to dissolve parliament in the face of a looming no-confidence vote and protests over the "Panama Papers", a leaked trove of documents revealing the financial arrangements of politicians and public figures from around the world.