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President Calls Progressive Party Leader to Meeting

President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson called chair of the Progressive Party Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson to a meeting at Bessastaðir, the presidential residence, at 11:30 today, following his meeting with all party leaders yesterday.

sigmundurdavid-althingi-280910_pkSigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson. Photo: Páll Kjartansson/Iceland Review.

It is assumed that the president will give Sigmundur the authority to lead coalition talks for a new government after the meeting, ruv.is reports.

The Progressive Party came second to the Independence Party in percentage of votes in the election on Saturday, but increased its support rating more than any other party and earned 19 seats in parliament, same as the Independence Party.

Representatives of some of the smaller parties recommended that the president give Sigmundur the authority to forge a new coalition rather than chair of the Independence Party Bjarni Benediktsson.

Related:

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29.04.2013 | Historic Election in Iceland

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