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Former Foreign Minister Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson criticized Iceland’s Social Democrats, Samfylkingin, in an interview on Channel 2 yesterday, and hinted a new political party could be on the way.

Hannibalsson said the Social Democrats had failed in becoming a proper alternative to the Independence Party in the coming election in May, as Fréttabladid reports. Recent opinion polls have revealed that the Social Democrats are losing supporters.

“If what it takes is to found a new movement which focuses on the main issues and has candidates that people trust […] that is what exactly what people will do,” Hannibalsson said. He would neither confirm nor deny that he would join such a movement.

The comments followed the annual meeting of the Social Democrats yesterday. Pressing for EU membership was at the top of the party’s agenda as party leader Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir said in her speech.

Gísladóttir cited recent opinion polls that indicate about 50 percent of the Icelandic nation wants to join the EU. She said that to reduce taxes and pricing in Iceland, the Euro should be adopted and Iceland should join the Union.

Gísladóttir accused the Independence Party of having silenced discussions about joining the EU, and said the Social Democrats would not be silenced.

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