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Left-Greens Won’t Split Iceland’s Government

By Iceland Review

The parliamentary party of the Left-Green Movement met yesterday to discuss disagreement within the party and discontent of some MPs with the work methods of the government. The conclusion was a continued coalition with the Social Democrats.

Former Minister of Health, Ögmundur Jónasson of the Left-Greens, resigned last week after it was made clear that he would have to agree with the other ministers of the cabinet on the course of the Icesave debate. Left-Green MP Gudfrídur Lilja Grétarsdóttir accused the government of having forced Jónasson to quit.

At yesterday’s meeting, Minister of Finance Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, who is chairman of the Left-Greens, presented the current situation of Icesave to his fellow party members following his meetings at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) general meeting in Istanbul.

The MPs would not reveal what news Sigfússon had brought. Both Jónasson and Grétarsdóttir commented that they wanted the Althingi parliament to handle Icesave.

Grétarsdóttir said she doesn’t know yet whether she will support what Sigfússon will present at parliament regarding Icesave.

Jónasson agrees, “We will discuss that at Althingi when the time comes. I have recommended that we go there with our hands untied. I’m still of that opinion.”

Grétarsdóttir added that she is satisfied with the results of yesterday’s meeting. “The conclusion is that all Left-Green MPs have a very clear intention of continuing with this coalition.”

Click here to read more about Icesave and here to read more about Sigfússon’s meetings in Istanbul and the IMF.

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