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Energy and Climate Issues Biggest Stumbling Blocks in Coalition Talks

By Yelena

Iceland President Guðni Th. Jóhannessson and Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir
Photo: President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson (left) and Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir and President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson met yesterday morning to discuss the ongoing coalition talks between the Left-Green Movement, Independence Party, and Progressive Party. The two are set to meet again at the beginning of next week for Katrín to update Guðni on the progress of the talks. Energy and climate issues have been said to be the main stumbling blocks in the negotiations, Vísir reports.

The Left-Greens, Independents, and Progressives formed Iceland’s previous government and managed to hold onto their majority in the September 25 election. For the past four weeks, they have been negotiating a continued coalition, a process all three party leaders have stated would take some time. The negotiations are conducted on the premise that Katrín will continue in the role of Prime Minister, something that a majority of Icelanders support, according to post-election polls.

Two of the key bills the government could not agree on last term concerned constitutional revisions and the formation of a national park in the Central Highland.

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