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Another party enters the campaign

A new political party Báráttusamtökin (“Fighting Union”), which fights for the rights of the disabled and senior citizens, announced their candidacy for the 2007 parliamentary elections yesterday.

The party also wants to move the domestic airport in Reykjavík outside the city’s limits from where it is located in Vatnsmýrin in the middle of the city, RÚV reports.

Arndís Björnsdóttir, the party’s acting chairman, said: “Number one, two and three is improving the situation of senior citizens and the disabled.” She said they could hardly make ends meet. “Who can survive on [ISK] 54,000 [USD 818, EUR 615] a month?”

Báráttusamtökin was founded last month as a union of senior citizens and the disabled. They joined forces with the political party Höfudborgarsamtökin (“The Capital Union”), for the parliamentary campaign, which has campaigned in elections for local authorities.

Örn Sigurdsson, the representative of Höfudborgarsamtökin, who is not a candidate for the parliamentary elections in May, said the issues of his union coincide well with the issues Baráttusamtökin has on its agenda.

“We want the hindrance of having an airport in Vatnsmýrin to be removed and as soon as that is done we’ll have the opportunity to fix the city and use the high sums of money that are there to fix everyone’s situation, especially for the elderly and the disabled,” Sigurdsson said.

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