Yesterday afternoon, the Independence and Progressive parties announced that they had formed a new majority on the Reykjavik City Council.
The 7 councilors of the Independents will work with the single representative the Progressives to form a majority of 8 in a council of 15.
The leading candidate on the slate filed by the Independents, Vilhjálmur Th. Vilhjálmsson, will become mayor.
The leading candidate of the Progressives, Björn Ingi Hrafnsson, will serve as chairman of the city council.
The Independents had been talking to the Liberals over the weekend and were scheduled to continue discussions Monday, but the discussions were terminated by the Independents.
The Liberals’ councilor, Ólafur F. Magnússon, said to Morgunbladid that he believed that the Independents had staged the discussions with with the Liberals in order to prevent the other four parties represented in the city council from holding discussions.