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New governmental administration takes effect

The Independence Party-Social Democrat coalition government was formally established at the presidential residence Bessastadir outside Reykjavík yesterday. The members of the new coalition will hold the first governmental meeting today.

“It is very important for us, as members of a new coalition, to get to know each other and establish relationships of trust,” Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde told Morgunbladid.

“It is clear, of course, that these are two parties that have been on opposite sides. But I look at this as a government of reconciliation – I believe that is a good word – as the largest groups in society have decided to reconcile,” Haarde said.

“I’m looking forward to participating in and leading that project,” the Prime Minister added.

After the President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson had confirmed who would serve as ministers in the new administration, the ministers posed for the media before going to their ministries and formally accepting keys to their new work places.

Next Thursday the MPs will gather in Althingi, Iceland’s parliament, for a special summer parliamentary session, only held when there are spring elections.

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