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New Political Party in the Making in Iceland

A new center-right political party is in the making in Iceland. It has the working title Norraeni borgaraflokkurinn (“The Nordic Civic Party”) and is modeled upon right-wing parties in the Nordic countries and Central Europe.

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Althingi, the Icelandic parliament. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“It is supposed to be a center-right party which believes in a mixed market economy where the welfare and education system plays a large part,” administrative expert Gudbjörn Gudbjörnsson, who has a seat in the party’s executive committee, told Fréttabladid.

He added that the party emphasizes a friendly environment for the employment market, explaining that, “A strong employment market is the basis for welfare, culture and education.”

The party supports the membership negotiations with the European Union but Gudbjörnsson said that issue doesn’t have any more weight than other issues on the party’s agenda.

Gudbjörnsson recently left the Independence Party, the largest opposition party in Iceland, of which he is critical.

“The Independence Party has aligned itself with the British Conservatives and the Republican Party. We have nothing against privatization but it is not supposed to be a religion,” Gudbjörnsson stated.

The party is planning to run in the next parliamentary election, which is scheduled for 2013. Gudbjörnsson does not expect elections to be called for any sooner.

No well-known persons from the political scene are working on the party’s policy although most of those involved have participated in politics on earlier occasions.

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