Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir is hopeful that the leaders of three coalition parties will successfully form a government, introduce a new government agreement, and present a national budget near the end of the month. Nearly two months have elapsed since the parliamentary elections.
Cleaning house, reading old reports
Since it became clear that the three coalition parties, which have been in power since 2017, would keep their majority following the elections on September 25, talks between the parties’ leaders have moved slowly. Meanwhile, new members of parliament have bided their time by cleaning their homes, reading old reports, and drafting parliamentary bills.
In an interview with RÚV yesterday, however, PM Katrín Jakobsdóttir stated the government agreement was nearing the homestretch: She is hopeful that a new government will be formed and a national budget introduced at around the end of the month.
The opposition critical of the delay
The leaders of the three parties have been criticized for the slowness of coalition talks by the opposition. When asked about such complaints, Katrín replied that it would have been unviable to convene parliament before the Credentials Committee arbitrated on the vote’s legitimacy in the northwest constituency. She expects the recount to stand.
“If the latter count stands, which should become clear after the weekend, we should be able to form a new government, submit a budget, and give a policy speech before parliament.”
When asked to give a specific date, Katrín referred to the end of the month. “I’ve been looking at November 29 as a possibility, but I’m hesitant to speak of a specific timeline; we need to see the committee’s results first.”
Asked if she was hopeful that she’d be able to form a new government by the end of the month, Katrín replied in the affirmative. “Yes, I’m very optimistic.”