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Reykjavík Majority Coalition Terminated, Mayor Sacked

Björn Ingi Hrafnsson, the only representative from the Progressive Party in the coalition majority in Reykjavík City Council, rescinded his cooperation with the Independence Party yesterday, headed by Mayor of Reykjavík Vilhjálmur Th. Vilhjálmsson.

Hrafnsson formed a new coalition majority with the opposition parties that have seats in the city council, i.e., the Left Greens, the Social Democrats and the Liberal Party, reports.

The new coalition chose Dagur B. Eggertsson of the Social Democrats as the new Mayor of Reykjavík and Margrét Sverrisdóttir of the Liberal Party as the new chairman of the city council.

This is the first time in Reykjavík’s history that the coalition majority has split mid-term.

Independence Party councilmen are extremely dissatisfied with these results. “We believe that Björn Ingi Hrafnsson has displayed great deceit in this case. We have been both hurt and angered by his actions,” Gísli Marteinn Baldursson told Morgunbladid.

Outgoing Mayor of Reykjavík Vilhjálmur Th. Vilhjálmsson claimed he and Hrafnsson had shaken hands on continued cooperation on Wednesday evening, but Hrafnsson said Vilhjálmsson must have misunderstood.

Hrafnsson explained that he could no longer work with the Independence Party because of the disagreement on whether and when the holdings of Reykjavík Energy (OR) in Reykjavík Energy Invest (REI) should be sold.

Click here to read more about events leading up to the end of the former coalition.

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