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Iceland’s Left-Green Movement Split over Icesave

The parliamentary party of the Left-Green Movement is split in its view on the state guarantee on Icesave. Gudfrídur Lilja Grétarsdóttir, who chairs the parliamentary party, accused the government of undemocratic work methods on television yesterday.

On RÚV’s political chat program Silfur Egils, Grétarsdóttir called for Ögmundur Jónasson’s return to the Ministry of Health and accused other ministers of having accepted the Icesave agreement without having read it.

According to Fréttabladid’s sources, Grétarsdóttir’s comments caused turbulence among the Left-Greens. During a parliamentary party meeting last week, MPs decided to be careful in their comments to the media and Grétarsdóttir is considered to have disregarded that decision.

Other ministers are allegedly dissatisfied with Grétarsdóttir’s accusations of having agreed to Icesave without consideration and disagree with her that Jónasson was kicked out of the cabinet—they hadn’t learned of his resignation before he called for a press conference to announce his decision. A routine parliamentary party meeting will be held today.

The other coalition party in Iceland’s government, the Social Democrats, has allegedly grown impatient towards the Left-Greens, eager to reach a conclusion on Icesave.

According to Fréttabladid’s sources, the matter is likely to be voted on in the Althingi parliament shortly. If it is supported by the majority of MPs, the coalition will remain intact; otherwise it is likely to be terminated.

Click here to read more about Icesave.

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