Political friends and adversaries alike were quick to heap praise on Davíð Oddsson, following his announcement yesterday of his imminent departure from politics, reports “Frettablaðið” newspaper . Prime Minister Halldór Ásgrímsson, leader of the Progressive Party and member of the ruling Progressive-Independence Party coalition for the past 10 years, said that Davíð had been “trustworthy and resourceful.”
Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, leader of the Social Democratic party, which has formed coalitions with the Independence Party in the past, said that it was big news that someone who has had as big an impact as Davíð was leaving the scene. “He is a very powerful and worthy opponent and of course I will miss him from the political arena,” she said.
Leader of the Left-Green alliance, Steingrímur Sigfússon, no friend of Davíð’s on the political front, admitted that the departure would leave a big gap in Icelandic politics. “It remains to be seen how the party will do,” he added, “and how some people will position themselves when they leave the long shadow of Davíð and enter the sunlight”.