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New Political Party Announced in Iceland

liljamosesdottir_althingiLilja Mósesdóttir, formerly an MP for the Left-Green Movement, has formally founded a new national political party. Its leaders announced at a press conference on Tuesday that the new party will be called Samstaða (“Solidarity”) and will be identified by the letter C.

The party is described to be neither to the left nor right, but it won’t be firmly placed in the center of the political landscape either, but stand for democracy and welfare, ruv.is reports.

“The policy is to define problems and solutions on the basis of the unique position of Icelandic society and public interests,” a statement issued by the new party reads, according to visir.is.

Meteorologist Sigurður Þ. Ragnarsson will lead the party alongside Lilja. He said the most important project ahead is to correct the debt situation of homeowners.

Lilja added it is a flaw in Icelandic politics that parties won’t budge from their policies once they obtain power and that they are all capitalistic.

Meanwhile, the Social Democrat-Left-Green coalition was strengthened by one person this week when Left-Green MP Arndís Soffía Sigurðardóttir took a seat in parliament as a substitute for Atli Gíslason, who quit the Left-Greens along with Lilja last year.

Unlike Atli, Arndís supports the coalition and so the government will have a majority of 33 instead of 32 in parliament in the next two weeks while Atli is on leave, visir.is reports.

Click here to read more about new political parties in Iceland and here to read more about disagreement within the Left-Green Movement.

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