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Iceland Coalition Talks in Final Stages, Decision Awaited

Coalition talks between the Independence and Progressive Party are in the final stages, set to be completed today or tomorrow, and a decision on a new government for Iceland is expected to be announced tomorrow or on Tuesday.

althingi-backyard_pkAlþingi, the Icelandic parliament. Páll Kjartansson/Iceland Review.

According to visir.is’s sources, the announcement may not be made until Tuesday because of the long Whitsun weekend and the composition of the new government has to be presented to the party boards before it is made public.

The goal is to increase the number of ministers by two. Chairman of the Independence Party Bjarni Benediktsson has already made it known that he would like to reestablish the post of Minister of Health and it is assumed that the Ministry of Industries and Innovation will be split in two.

MPs from both parties have expressed their view that chairman of the Progressive Party Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson will likely be Prime Minister as he holds the mandate for coalition talks.

Fréttatíminn maintains that Sigmundur will take on the government’s leadership whereas Bjarni will serve as Minister of Finance.

The new government’s top priorities are the debt situation of homeowners and capital controls. Lowering taxes has also been mentioned as a pressing issue.

Related:

16.05.2013 | Iceland Coalition Talks: Issues Done, Ministries Remain

15.05.2013 | Icelandic Minister: Election a Signal for Rest of Europe

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