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Left-Greens Keen on Continued Coalition

Even though some members of the Left-Green Movement were angered after Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir of the Social Democratic Alliance compared them to cats that were difficult to herd, there is nothing that indicates their coalition is about to end.

Chairman of the Left-Greens, Finance Minister Steingrímur J. Sigfússon. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

Chairman of the Left-Greens, Minister of Finance Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, declared after a parliamentary group meeting with his party yesterday that the current government is the strongest and most united force at hand to lead the Icelandic nation through the difficulties it is facing, Morgunbladid reports.

The minister wouldn’t comment on Sigurdardóttir’s metaphor other than saying: “If someone is of the opinion that [her comments] weren’t helpful then they must also understand why I choose not to express my opinion on them.”

Sigfússon said there is not more rumbling among the Left-Greens than usual. Matters of disagreement are discussed and mutual solutions are sought.

“There is much more that unites us—I’m referring both to our party specifically and the government parties as a whole—as a harmonious movement […] than tears us apart. Disagreement on certain issues or comments is insignificant in that regard,” Sigfússon stated.

However, Gylfi Arnbjörnsson, president of the Icelandic Confederation of Labor (ASÍ), is not convinced about the unification of the two coalition parties.

“This is a problem which members of the employment market have to deal with, this fleeting majority at Althingi [the Icelandic parliament]. The consequence of this ‘cat herding’ materializes in the fact that decisions regarding the employment market cannot be made,” Arnbjörnsson said, referencing the PM’s metaphor.

Click here to read more about this story and here to read more about ASÍ’s discontent.

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