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Talks on New Iceland Government Still Ongoing

Discussions between the Social Democrats and the Left-Greens on the formation of a new coalition government are still ongoing. It remains uncertain whether chairwoman of the Social Democrats Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir will continue in her post as foreign minister.

Foreign Minister and chairwoman of the Social Democrats Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, who recently returned from sick leave in Sweden. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

According to Fréttabladid’s sources, there are expected to be ten ministers in the new cabinet, four from the ranks of the Social Democrats, four from the ranks of the Left-Greens and two from outside parliament.

Chairman of the Left-Greens Steingrímur J. Sigfússon said his party will not demand that current plans on aluminum smelter development be abolished, plans which the Left-Greens have declared themselves opposed to in the past, adding that he doubts much will happen in regards to smelters in the next few months.

The new coalition is only temporary, until the general elections in spring.

Uncertainty surrounds the exact date of the next parliamentary elections. The Left-Greens have mentioned April or early May, while the Social Democrats have talked of late May. President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson told the BBC on Monday that June was also an option.

Sigfússon said June had never been discussed in that regard.

Members of the Social Democrats and Left-Greens are currently at a meeting in parliament.

Click here to read more about the prospective red-green government and here to read more about the BBC’s interview with the president.

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