Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde said after a meeting between the leaders of the Independence Party (Sjálfstaedisflokkurinn) and the Progressive Party (Framsóknarflokkurinn) yesterday that there is a good chance of the two parties remaining in government.
“We are in the same place as yesterday [Monday]. We held a governmental meeting and since then people have been talking as is customary,” Haarde told reporters. “Nothing new has come up.”
When asked whether the current coalition would remain in government, the prime minister, who is also the leader of the Independence Party, replied: “There is a good chance, but it is not certain.”
Haarde denied the Independence Party had been discussing cooperation with other parties. “No, I wouldn’t say that. But MPs from different parties discuss the matter, of course, and various speculations have surfaced.”
According to Fréttabladid, Progressive Party leader Jón Sigurdsson said it would be revealed in the next few days whether his party would remain in government with the Independence Party.
Sigurdsson said no decision had been made within his party as to whether it was prepared to continue cooperating with the Independence Party in government.
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