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Discussions Underway on New Coalition Government

After a brief meeting yesterday with Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, leader of the Social Democratic Alliance (Samfylkingin), Geir Haarde, prime minister of Iceland and leader of the Independence Party (Sjálfstaedisflokkurinn), announced that the two parties have agreed to commence discussions on forming the new coalition government.

Haarde met with the president this morning where he submitted a proposal for his continuation as prime minister and for his ministry. The president also granted Haarde the authority to form the new government along with the Social Democratic Alliance, including the appointment of ministers, reports Fréttabladid.

After meeting with Haarde, Gísladóttir commented, “We made a lot of headway as we did not discuss individual matters during this brief meeting. It was clear to us after having reviewed our major points that we could probably find a compromise on matters of contention. I’m prepared to begin discussions.”

This announcement comes in the wake of yesterday’s news that the Independence Party (Sjálfstaedisflokkurinn) would end its three-and-half-year coalition with the Progressive Party (Framsóknarflokkurinn). Gísladóttir and Haarde are expected to complete the policy declaration for the new government shortly, as well as appointment ministers.

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