The party council of the Independence Party and central committee of the Progressive Party have been called to separate meetings tonight to discuss the planned coalition of the two parties in Iceland’s next government.
Sigmundur Davíð and Bjarni. Photo: Geir Ólafsson/Iceland Review.
Before the chairmen can go ahead with their plans, they must have the approval of their parties. Given that both parties approve, it is expected that the new coalition will be presented publicly in the coming days, Fréttablaðið reports.
Leader of the Progressive Party Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson and leader of the Independence Party Bjarni Benediktsson met on the weekend and yesterday to continue their coalition talks. Their government agreement is believed to be nearly completed.
Sigmundur is expected to become prime minister and Bjarni finance minister. It is also assumed that the number of ministries will increase from eight to ten.