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Leader Crisis in Reykjavík City Council

According to the pact that the Independence party made with the Liberal party about the seat of the mayor in Reykjavík, the Independence party should take over in March 2009. But no one of the Independence party’s elected politicians knows who it will be.

When the agreement between the Independence party and the Liberal party was announced it stated that Ólafur F. Magnússon from the Liberal Party would be mayor until March 2009 and then Vilhjálmur Thór Vilhjálmsson from the Independence party would take over.

According to latest polls Vilhjálmsson has only around ten percent support among the people of Reykjavík but Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, city council member of the Independence party received 40 percent.

The total support of the Independence party in Reykjavík has been declining rapidly and has never been so low before. In a recent opinion poll the support of the Independence party was only 26.9 percent, but the party received 42.1 percent support in the last elections. Morgunbladid reports.

PM´s of the Independence party as well as its supporters have expressed grave concerns over this and believe that the leader crisis in Reykjavík is hurting the party and it will be hard for them to regain trust in Reykjavík.

Kristján Júlíusson, MP of the Independece party said that Vilhjálmur alone could put an end to this uncertainty by announcing if he is going to take the seat of mayor in March. Vilhjálmur has made no public statements about the matter.

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