Politics

Disgruntled Mr. Speaker demands MPs “to remain seated on their asses”

The Speaker was apparently unable to hold the vote on a specific bill and, thus, threatened to suspend the most disorderly MPs from the parliament until the end of the day.

Páll á Reynatúgvu, the Speaker of the Faroese Parliament, has on numerous occasions tonight demanded various MPs “to remain seated on their asses”, according to Faroese news site VP.fo.

The Speaker was apparently unable to hold the vote on a specific bill tonight and, thus, threatened to suspend the most disorderly MPs from the parliament until the end of the day.

With the summer break looming, the Faroese parliament has a busy schedule these days – including an all-nighter tonight – as legislators aim to pass a flurry of bills in short session.

Páll á Reynatúgvu, who is also a former football player, was first elected to the Faroese parliament in 1998, and again in 2002, when he assumed the position of Minister of Health and Social Affairs. After being re-elected in 2004, he became a member of the Financial Committee of the Løgting.

Before Páll á Reynatúgvu was elected for the Løgting in 2011, he was president of the SEV, which provides the Faroe Islands with electricity. He had to quit this job, because the Faroese law does not allow a person to be a member of the Løgting and at the same time to be a member of a governmental owned institution or company.

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