Mayor of Kópavogur Gunnar Birgisson proposed yesterday that he step down from his post so that the coalition between the Independence Party and Progressive Party in the town council can continue. It is unclear who would replace him.
From Kópavogur. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Birgisson is facing criticism from both the opposition in the town council and the Progressive Party after a report was published on extensive dealings between Kópavogsbaer municipality and a company owned by Birgisson’s daughter
“I will talk to my people before I comment to the media on this,” Birgisson told Morgunbladid late last night. According to the newspaper’s sources there is a disagreement on Birigsson’s resignation within the Independence Party.
Earlier in the evening, Ómar Stefánsson, chairman of the Progressive Party in Kópavogur, said he enjoyed full support from the party’s representative council but would otherwise not comment on this matter—Birgisson must explain the situation.
According to Morgunbladid’s sources, the Progressive Party representative council agreed unanimously that the coalition with the Independence Party couldn’t continue under the current arrangement. Stefánsson had then expressed that view to Birgisson.
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