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Breaking news: Coalition government to discontinue

Prime Minister and leader of the Independence Party (Sjálfstaedisflokkurinn) Geir H. Haarde together with Minister of Trade and Commerce and leader of the Progressive Party (Framsóknarflokkurinn) Jón Sigurdsson announced at a press conference earlier today that they would discontinue their governmental coalition.

The two parties have been part of the coalition government in Iceland since 1995.

Haarde told reporters the cooperation between the Independence Party and the Progressive Party had proven successful for the past 12 years, but in light of the Progressive Party’s loss in the elections on Saturday and the fact that the two parties held a majority by only one MP in parliament, there was no basis for continued cooperation.

Haarde said he would probably meet with leader of the Social Democratic Alliance (Samfylkingin) Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir tomorrow to discuss a coalition between the two parties.

The prime minister said the Social Democrats were his first choice to build a coalition with because the parties’ platforms were closer to each other politically than the platforms of the Independence Party and the Left-Green Movement (Vinstri graenir).

Sigurdsson said he would meet with his fellow party members tomorrow to discuss the Progressive Party’s future and whether he would remain its leader.

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