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Heated Debate within Progressive Party

Former MP for the Progressive Party Gudjón Ólafur Jónsson accused fellow Progressive Party member and councilman for Reykjavík City Björn Ingi Hrafnsson of backstabbing on the political talk show Silfur Egils on RÚV yesterday.

Jónsson claimed Hrafnsson had spread malicious rumors about him before the parliamentary elections in 2003 thereby ensuring that Jónsson could not run for the Progressive Party, and had then taken his place, Morgunbladid reports.

“Gudjón Ólafur and I are old friends and comrades and I am saddened by the fact that he believes his inefficiency in politics is somehow my fault,” Hrafnsson told Morgunbladid. “I’d like to point out that Gudjón Ólafur ran a seat in Althingi last spring and was not reelected. I voted for him, though, as did the other candidates for the Progressive Party in Reykjavík City.”

Jónsson was invited to Silfur Egils after having sent a letter, dated January 15, about disputes within the Progressive Party to several of his fellow party members.

In the letter Jónsson accuses candidates in the Reykjavík City Council elections in 2006 of having purchased clothing for ISK hundreds of thousands (ISK 100,000 = USD 1,500, EUR 1,000) and let the Progressive Party cover the cost.

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