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New Mayor for Kópavogur Announced

The Independence Party in Kópavogur, a neighboring town of Reykjavík, announced yesterday that Gunnsteinn Sigurdsson, another councilmember from their ranks, will replace the outgoing mayor, Gunnar Birgisson, and serve in his place until the end of this term.

From Kópavogur. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Birgisson is going on a temporary leave because of an investigation into loans provided from the Pension Fund of Kópavogur (LSK) to Kópavogsbaer municipality but intends to return as a councilmember, Morgunbladid reports.

The Progressive Party in Kópavogur, which forms a coalition with the Independence Party in the town council, agreed to continue cooperation with the Independence Party provided Birgisson resigns.

If Birgisson chooses to return as councilmember, the Progressive Party demands a new coalition agreement with the Independence Party. These terms will take effect tomorrow, June 24.

The representative council of the Progressive Party had a heated debate about this compromise yesterday; some members wanted to terminate the cooperation with the Independence Party altogether.

Both Ómar Stefánsson, chairman of the Progressive Party in Kópavogur, and Sigurdsson said that the status of their cooperation will be reviewed more closely today.

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