MPs Atli Gíslason and Lilja Mósesdóttir announced at a press conference earlier today that they have decided to leave the Left-Green Movement’s parliamentary party, which forms the coalition in the Icelandic government along with the Social-Democrat Alliance.
Gíslason (left) and Mósesdóttir. Source: althingi.is.
The two MPs have been in disagreement with the party’s leadership regarding some of the government’s key policies for some time, which peaked when they would not support the 2011 budget bill, ruv.is reports.
At the press conference they explained that they cannot support the government unconditionally as has been asked of them.
Mósesdóttir said they are critical of the government for safeguarding the interests of capital owners and the International Monetary Fund’s policy at the cost of the welfare system.
Additionally, they commented that the making of the budget bill had been undemocratic and that the Left-Green leadership has become a mouthpiece for the IMF.
The Icesave has been a tragic affair from the beginning, they continued, stating that MPs were pressured to approve the former Icesave agreement.
The two MPs are also dissatisfied with the preparation process for Iceland’s membership application to the European Union.
Mósesdóttir and Gíslason will continue their work in parliament and said they will support most of the Left-Greens’ policies—they did not leave the national party even though they will no longer work with the parliamentary party.
They would not say whether they would defend the coalition government against a vote of no confidence if that situation came up.
Click here to read more about the disputes within the Left-Green Movement.