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Iceland’s Government Likely to Widen Coalition

It is considered likely that the two government parties, the Social Democratic Alliance and the Left-Green Movement, will soon seek the cooperation of other parties to reinforce the coalition after two Left-Green MPs resigned from the coalition this week.


The Government Offices. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

According to Fréttabladid’s sources, the Social Democrats are especially keen to make such changes but there are also voices of agreement within the Left-Greens.

Allegedly, Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir, who chairs the Social Democrats, began discussing this possibility with her party members after three Left-Green MPs abstained in the voting on the 2011 budget bill in December.

The majority of Social Democrat MPs are of the opinion that the coalition with the Left-Greens should not be terminated but rather that a third party should be invited to join the coalition, the newspaper states.

The Social Democrats are allegedly looking towards either the Independence or Progressive Party with more MPs favoring cooperation with the Independence Party, while more Left-Green MPs would prefer bringing the Progressive Party into the coalition.

It is clear that if the government parties decided to invite another party to join the coalition, extensive discussion on policies would have to take place. For example, the Social Democrats are not expected to budge in the membership talks with the European Union.

Sigurdardóttir and Finance Minister and Left-Green chair Steingrímur J. Sigfússon discussed the position and the future of the coalition at a meeting before the cabinet met yesterday morning.

According to Fréttabladid’s sources, possible changes to the coalition were not discussed at the cabinet meeting but rather other pressing issues such as wage contracts and planned changes to the fisheries control system.

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