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Left-wing parties discuss cooperation

The leaders of the opposition parties; Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, leader of the Social Democratic Alliance (Samfylkingin), and Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, leader of the Left-Green Movement (Vinstri graenir), met yesterday to discuss the future of the government and a possible coalition.

The two parties received a total of 28 MPs, a minority in parliament, so they could not form a coalition government together without a third party.

“It is certainly possible to form a minority government, which is customary in the other Nordic countries,” Sigfússon told Fréttabladid, referring to a coalition between the Left-Greens and the Social Democrats with support from the Progressive Party (Framsóknarflokkurinn).

Gísladóttir confirmed the idea had been mentioned, but said neither formal nor informal discussions about such a coalition government had taken place.

Leader of the Progressive Party Jón Sigurdsson said such discussions are premature.

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