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Prime Minister to step down?

Since Friday, the Icelandic media has carried several stories speculating that Prime Minister Halldór Ásgrímsson intends to step down tomorrow, Tuesday, both as Prime Minister and as chairman of the Progressive Party.

The Sunday edition of Morgunbladid features an extended interview with the former minister and governor of the Central Bank, Finnur Ingólfsson, who last week quit as CEO of insurance company VÍS. According to Morgunbladid, Finnur said that after the results of the local elections of last month the number of people calling for his return to politics had “grown significantly.”

Some Progressives have also publicly called for vice-chairman of the Progressives, Gudni Ágústsson to run as chairman. According to Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, RÚV, he said that “party members” would decide who would lead the Progressives if the current chairman were to step down.

According to the latest reports of RÚV, Halldór Ásgrímsson’s resignation will be announced tomorrow, Tuesday. According to RÚV, The central committee of the Progressive Party will meet on Friday and elect a new chairman.

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