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Iceland Coalition Talks: Parties Accept Agreement

The party council of the Independence Party and central committee of the Progressive Party unanimously accepted the government agreement negotiated by their respective chairmen, Bjarni Benediktsson and Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, yesterday evening.

sigmundurdavid-althingi-280910_pkSigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, the next prime minister of Icleand. Photo: Páll Kjartansson/Iceland Review.

Sigmundur will become prime minister and Bjarni minister of finance and economics. The Progressive Party will hold four ministries in the first run and the Independence Party five, in addition to the speaker of parliament, Fréttablaðið reports.

Sigmundur, who was given the mandate to lead coalition talks from President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson on April 30, will meet the president at 9 am this morning to present to him the government agreement before making it public at a press conference at 11 am, as announced on the president’s website.

According to, the Progressive Party will hold, in addition to the Prime Ministry, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture and the Ministry of Social Affairs.

The Progressive Party will hold the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

The tasks of the Ministry of Welfare will be divided between a minister of social affairs and health and the tasks of the Ministry of Industries and Innovation between a minister of fisheries and agriculture and minister of industries, trade and tourism.

There will be no special minister for the environment, the ministry’s tasks will to begin with fall under the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture.

According to Fréttablaðið, the government agreement includes employment development, although specific projects aren’t mentioned, and that the accession talks with the European Union be halted and not continued until after a national referendum, the date of which is undecided.

At 38, Sigmundur will become Iceland’s youngest prime minister since 1934 and the youngest democratically-elected reigning prime minister in the world.

Follow for further news of the government agreement.


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