Prospective Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir of the Social Democrats and chairman of the Left-Greens Steingrímur J. Sigfússon announced at noon that the new coalition government will probably not be appointed until tomorrow, but not today as expected.
Prospective Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.
“Some indecision was involved in formation talks yesterday,” Sigurdardóttir explained to reporters. “The Progressive Party needed more time to review the issues but Steingrímur and I had a very good meeting with the chairman of the Progressive Party this morning […]. So I expect us to complete this matter today so that we can appoint a new government tomorrow.” Mbl.is reports.
Yesterday, the Progressive Party criticized the government agreement between the Social Democrats and the Left-Greens for being “unrealistic” in terms of economic measures, requesting a detailed schedule.
According to mbl.is, the Progressive Party was also surprised that the government agreement did not include a date for the upcoming elections.
The Social Democrats and the Left-Greens plan to form a minority government, that is, with the minority of MPs in parliament, and therefore they require backing from the Progressive Party.
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