The new majority coalition in Reykjavík’s city council came under fierce attack for not revealing its policy on Reykjavík Energy at its first council meeting yesterday.
Yesterday, the city council assembled for the first time since the dramatic events last week when the majority coalition of the Independence Party and the Progressive Party was dissolved after the representative of the Progressive Party defected. He formed a new coalition with the Social Democrats, Left-Greens and the Liberal Party following the debate about the merger of Reykjavík Energy Invest (REI) and Geysir Green Energy (GGE).
During yesterday’s meeting, the representatives of the Independence Party attacked the new coalition harshly, especially Björn Ingi Hrafnsson of the Progressive Party who defected last week. They accused him of corruption because influential figures in his party benefited financially from the merger which Hrafnsson engineered, according to national radio RÚV.
Frustrated by a lack of answers from the new coalition regarding its policy on various issues and specifically on Reykjavík Energy, the parent company of REI, the opposition accused their rivals of cowardice.
However, yesterday’s meeting wasn’t completely characterized by bad spirits between the rivaling parties. In a symbolic act, Dagur B. Eggertsson, the new mayor of Reykjavík, received the keys of the city hall from Vilhjálmur Vilhjálmsson, the outgoing mayor, who wished his successor good luck and prosperity.