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Rumor Has It Progressive Party Will Join Coalition

By Iceland Review

In reaction to rumors that the government has been in informal discussions with the Progressive Party, the second largest opposition party in Iceland, on joining the Social Democrat-Left-Green coalition, Sigmundur Davíd Gunnlaugsson, the party’s chairman, commented on his Facebook site that spin doctors are out of control.

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Sigmundur Davíd Gunnlaugsson. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

Fréttabladid reported yesterday that Left-Green MP Lilja Mósesdóttir is considering leaving the party due to harsh reactions from her party members to her abstention in the voting of the 2011 budget bill.

Two other Left-Green MPs abstained in the voting and if they were all to leave the party, support for the Social Democrat-Left-Green coalition would decrease significantly, although it would still be backed by a slight majority in parliament.

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, chairman of the Progressive Party’s parliamentary group, told visir.is yesterday that the possible participation of the Progressive Party in the Social Democrat-Left-Green coalition hasn’t been discussed between parties.

“It hasn’t been discussed, not formally and not tangibly. But I don’t know what individual MPs of different parties are talking about,” he added.

According to other sources of the newspaper, the Progressive Party has been offered a new Ministry of Employment Affairs, which will be established with a law amendment on March 1, 2011, if they agree to support the shaky coalition majority.

Click here to read more about the turmoil within the Left-Green Movement.

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