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Reykjavík’s New Coalition with Majority Support by Narrow Margin

The new majority coalition in the Reykjavík’s City Council enjoys the support of 56.2 percent of the voters in the capital, according to a new poll conducted by Fréttabladid daily.

A dispute over the merger of Reykjavík Energy Invest (REI) and Geysir Green Energy, resulted in the termination of the former majority coalition of the Independence Party and the Progressive Party last week. Björn Ingi Hrafnsson, the city council’s representative for the Progressive Party switched his alliance and formed a new majority with the Left Greens, Social Democrats and Liberal Party.

Besides revealing that the new majority enjoys the support of the majority of Reykjavík’s voters, the poll also indicates that 92 percent of the voters of the Progressive Party are in favor of Hrafnsson’s move.

41.3 percent of the poll’s participants support the new mayor of Reykjavík, Dagur B. Eggertsson of the Social Democrats. 21.3 percent still support Vilhjálmur Vilhjálmsson, the outgoing mayor, while 18 percent named Svandís Svavarsdóttir, the Left-Greens representative. Only 4.9 percent said that Björn Ingi Hrafnsson should have become mayor.

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