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Political Scientist Criticizes Iceland’s New Government

By Iceland Review

Political scientist Baldur Thórhallsson said the Social Democrat-Left-Green coalition that was appointed yesterday is weak since it is backed by only a minority of MPs and that appointing ministers who do not have a seat in parliament is undemocratic.

“They are strengthening the expertise within the government, but these appointments aren’t exactly democratic,” Thórhallsson told Fréttabladid. “These new ministers have not been elected to parliament and therefore were not granted democratic authority from the nation.”

“It makes one wonder whether the government parties do not have people that are knowledgeable enough in these areas to be suited for these ministries,” Thórhallsson added.

Gylfi Magnússon, associate professor in economics at the University of Iceland, was appointed minister of business affairs yesterday and Ragna Árnadóttir, former undersecretary of the minister of justice, as minister of justice.

Thórhallsson is doubtful that the minority government will be able to undertake much before the upcoming elections, scheduled for April 25.

“The government is only backed by 27 MPs. The opposition has 29 MPs and therefore the government requires support from the Progressive Party on every single bill that it proposes,” Thórhallsson said. “The government also has very limited time because the parliament will most likely go on vacation a few weeks before the elections.”

Click here to read more about the new government.

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