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Iceland’s Althingi Parliament Opens Today

By Iceland Review

The 135th Althingi Parliament opens today with a mass in Reykjavík Cathedral. Following the mass, Iceland’s president, the bishop of Iceland, ministers, MPs and other attendees will walk over to the parliament where the new finance bill will be presented.

Tomorrow evening Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde will give his keynote speech and afterwards it will be discussed by MPs, Morgunbladid reports.

According to a new poll by Fréttabladid newspaper, 70 percent of participants support the Independence Party-Social Democrat coalition, which took effect after the parliamentary elections last May. After the elections, the parties received a combined support of 63.4 percent of the electorate.

The Left Greens, the leading opposition party, are also seeing increased support by more than two percent while the Progressive Party, who was formerly in power, received almost two percent less support in the Fréttabladid poll than in the elections in May.

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