Representatives of the Best Party and the Social Democrats in Reykjavík met yesterday and agreed upon a series of “secret” meetings this week, which will be announced accordingly. They will discuss which topics to emphasize as the new majority in the Reykjavík City Council.
Chairman of the Best Party, comedian Jón Gnarr, who is hoping to become the next Mayor of Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
“We made a schedule because there are a range of topics to be discussed,” Dagur B. Eggertsson, chairman of the Social Democrats in Reykjavík, told Fréttabladid. He said meetings will continue throughout the week and is optimistic about the outcome of the talks.
Óttarr Ólafur Proppé of the Best Party said the representatives of the two parties managed to come up with a framework for continued negotiations at yesterday’s meeting.
He said things are not moving along as quickly as he would have hoped. “It’s partly because we’re new to this job but also because we haven’t been given space to work in peace.”
The plan is to open a special website for a shadow City Council where Reykjavík citizens can make their voices heard and comment on the negotiations.
In Hafnarfjördur the Social Democrats and Left-Greens are in negotiations. According to Fréttabladid’s sources, both the current mayor, Lúdvík Geirsson of the Social Democrats, and chairwoman of the Left-Greens Gudrún Ágústa Gudmundsdóttir are making demands for the mayoral office.
In Kópavogur, the Social Democrats, Left-Greens, the Second-Best Party and the Kópavogur Party are in negotiations, which seem to be going smoothly. “We are sticking to the schedule and plan to finish talks on Wednesday,” said Gudrún Arnardóttir, the leader of the Social Democrats.
In Akureyri, chairwoman of the Independence Party Sigrún Björk Jakobsdóttir resigned from her position within the party and will not take a seat on the town council due to how poorly her party performed in the election on Saturday.