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Geir Haarde

Last mentioned in Reykjavík : Iceland
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Geir Haarde's Biography

Geir Hilmar Haarde (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈceːir̥ ˈhɪlmar̥ ˈhɔrtɛ]; born 8 April 1951) was Prime Minister of Iceland from 15 June 2006 to 1 February 2009 and Chairman of the Icelandic Independence Party from 2005 to 2009. Geir initially led a coalition between his party and the Progressive Party. After the 2007 parliamentary election, in which the Independence Party increased its share of the vote, Geir renewed his term as Prime Minister, leading a coalition between his party and the Social Democratic Alliance. That coalition resigned in January 2009 after widespread protests following an economic collapse in October 2008. In September 2010, Geir became the first Icelandic minister to be indicted for misconduct in office, and stood trial before the Landsdómur, a special court for such cases. Haarde originally faced six charges, but two were dismissed in October 2011. Haarde was convicted on one of the four charges.

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Iceland's former prime minister Geir Haarde
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Geir Haarde News Stories

  • After the storm: Has Iceland learned its lesson from its financial meltdown?...

      News Source: The independent | 11 months ago
    Jonina Benediktsdottir first realised that Iceland's economic miracle was built on sand in 2003, about five years before the rest of the world figured it out. Admittedly, Jonina in Iceland's patronymic system, first names are used almost universally
  • Parties that crippled Iceland poised for return to power

      News Source: The independent | 1 year ago
    Iceland's economy was almost entirely based on the herring, that most versatile fish that lives in startling abundance in its freezing seas, before it decided to rebuild itself on the far more fishy foundations of financial alchemy. But the centre-
  • Iceland bank chief to be charged for fraud

      News Source: The Courier-Mail | over 1 year ago
    Special prosecutor Olafur Thor Hauksson said the charges would be filed against the bank's former chief executive, Heidar Mar Sigurdsson, and eight other former Kaupthing employees on April 24 in Reykjavik's district court...According to the charges

Geir Haarde Blogs

  • Politics, protests and progress | Through Curious Eyes

      Blog Source: | 1 year ago
    The party in power at the time were the right-wing Independence Party, led by Prime Minister Geir Haarde. The protests led to the resignation of the government, and new elections brought to power a left-wing coalition, led by the world's first ...
  • Interview with an Icelandic pirate | WHISTLE.IS

      Blog Source: | 1 year ago
    Two of them were not fit for trial but one was, the ex-Prime Minister Geir Haarde. The reason being that he was the Prime Minister since the late 20th century, since before the banks were privatized he was the Minister of Finance, so he should ...
  • Joe. My. God.: Iceland's Gay Prime Minister Steps Down

      Blog Source: | 1 year ago
    Sigurdardottir became the world's first openly gay or lesbian head of state in February of 2009 when she was appointed Prime Minister of Iceland after Independence Party leader Geir Haarde resigned over his handling of the country's then ...

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