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Peace within the Progressive Party?

The Progressive Party has been in turmoil since Prime Minister Halldór Ásgrímsson announced he would step down from his post. Ásgrímsson is also chairman of the Progressive party and will not run for re-election. His initial plan was to resign with former vice-chairman Finnur Ingólfsson taking over. Ingólfsson faced opposition within the party and decided to withdraw his name from consideration. The current vice-chairman, Minister of Agriculture Gudni Ágústsson, had agreed to support Ingólfsson and resign as Vice Chairman, but then announced he might change his mind and run. It soon became clear that many within the party opposed Ágústsson, including Prime minister Halldór Ásgrímsson and Valgerdur Sverrisdóttir, Minister of Trade and Industry.

Last night the Prime minister met with some of his close associates, including Gudni Ágústsson. At the end of the meeting the two emerged, announcing that their differences had been eliminated. They are shown shaking hands on the cover of Morgunbladid.

Tonight, Friday, June 9, the Progressives have called a meeting of the central committee, which consists of 175 party members.

According to Morgunbladid, the Progressive party will meet the third week of August, and this general assembly will elect a new leader of the party.

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