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Vilhjálmsson Stays, Wants to Regain Trust

Former Mayor of Reykjavík Vilhjálmur Th. Vilhjálmsson, who has recently faced heavy criticism for his part in the REI-GGE merger, announced yesterday that he will not resign and will stay as a councilman in Reykjavík City Council to work on regaining trust.

Vilhjálmsson is the leader of the Independence Party in Reykjavík City and according to a decision made by the Independence Party-Liberal Party coalition majority in the City Council in January, Vilhjálmsson will replace Ólafur F. Magnússon of the Liberal Party as mayor after one year, before this term is over. These plans have not changed, Morgunbladid reports.

“We did not meet today [February 11] to vote for a new mayoral candidate,” Vilhjálmsson told Morgunbladid after a meeting with fellow representatives of the Independence Party in Reykjavík City yesterday.

“We discussed that we were facing certain difficulties, but that we support each other and plan to cooperate with our colleagues in the city on regaining the trust of its citizens. In order to do that, we need to be able to work in peace,” Vilhjálmsson said.

“I have told my partners that we will have to wait and see what I will do. There is still one year and one month before I will become mayor. I prioritize the interests of the Independence Party above my own,” Vilhjálmsson added.

“I am only human and I have done some clumsy things,” Vilhjálmsson admitted to reporters during a press conference after yesterday’s meeting, as 24 Stundir reports.

In that comment, Vilhjálmsson was referring to stating on RÚV’s news review program Kastjós last Thursday that he had sought advice from the lawyer of Reykjavík City before agreeing to a merger between REI and GGE on October 3, 2007, who at the time was Kristbjörg Stephensen. Vilhjálmsson later said he had not discussed the matter with her but with a former anonymous lawyer for Reykjavík City.

According to Fréttabladid, Vilhjálmsson said he enjoys full support from his fellow Independence Party members and that they had never discussed if he would resign despite inner-party turbulences following a report on the REI-GGE merger published last week.

“Usually people resign if they have committed a crime, stolen or caused someone harm, but I have not breached any laws or regulations,” Vilhjálmsson stated.

In today’s cover story, DV points out that despite Vilhjálmsson’s claims, none of his fellow Independence Party members have declared support for him publicly.

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