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Independence Party Discusses Situation of City Coalition

Independence Party councilpersons in Reykjavík City will convene today to discuss their coalition with Mayor of Reykjavík Ólafur F. Magnússon of the Liberal Party. The Independence Party is allegedly considering a new coalition with the Progressive Party.

“If talks about cooperation with the Independence Party were to arise, I believe that it should be taken into serious consideration so that the issues facing the city would not be upset,” chairman of the Progressive Party Gudni Ágústsson told Fréttabladid.

Ágústsson said it is the obligation of members of the Reykjavík City Council to establish a strong majority coalition. “I trust Óskar Bergsson [chairman of the Progressive Party in Reykjavík City] and his people to examine the possibility carefully.”

Ágústsson said it was out of the question that the Progressive Party would cooperate with both the Independence Party and the Liberal Party. “Being the third wheel is not an option. If this majority is broken it is finished and it is useless trying to fix or improve it.”

Neither Bergsson nor Kjartan Magnússon, an Independence Party councilperson, would comment on the situation to Fréttabladid.

“I cannot comment on things that I know nothing about, but to my knowledge the cooperation [with Magnússon] is going fine,” said Prime Minister and chairman of the Independence Party Geir H. Haarde.

“These issues are in the custody of our party in the city council and I am neither going to tell it what to do nor express specific opinions about it,” Haarde said.

The prime minister added that the declining support for the Independence Party in Reykjavík City as measured in a recent opinion poll is unacceptable. “I trust our people and our new leader [in the city], Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, to regain support for us.”

Haarde said it was difficult to estimate whether the loss in support was related to the party’s coalition with Mayor Magnússon. “A long career in politics has taught me not to worry too much about fluctuation of support in polls because it is difficult to decipher them.”

Fréttabladid was unable to contact Kristjánsdóttir, chairman of the Independence Party in Reykjavík City, and Mayor Magnússon last night.

In January the Independence Party and Liberal Party forged a majority coalition in Reykjavík City, thereby terminating the multi-party coalition with Dagur B. Eggertsson of the Social Democrats as Mayor. That majority had collapsed the original Independence Party-Progressive Party coalition 100 days earlier.

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