It’s not possible to present the new government until the Credentials Committee completes their investigation of election proceedings in the Northwest Constituency, Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir stated in a RÚV interview this morning. Formal coalition talks between the Left-Green Movement, Progressive Party, and Independence Party are on hold this week while two of the party chairmen attend conferences abroad. Katrín stated it was unusual for a sitting government to be re-elected in Iceland, and that creates certainty despite the ongoing investigation in the Northwest Constituency.
Uncertainty hangs over the results from Iceland’s Northwest Constituency following the September 25 parliamentary election. Over a dozen legal complaints have been filed due to election proceedings in the constituency, where ballots were left unsealed and unsupervised between the initial count and recount that occurred the following day. After conducting an investigation, West Iceland Police stated there were no indications that votes were tampered with, but added they could not confirm that was the case.
Katrín stated that the new government would not be presented until the Credentials Committee had completed their investigation of the case, but that despite the uncertainty in the Northwest Constituency, the overall election results were clear. There is a sitting government and the government clearly held their majority in the election. “So there is really no uncertainty about the government or the majority,” Katrín stated. The negotiations are being conducted on the basis that Katrín will continue as Prime Minister. It has yet to be announced how the other government ministries will be distributed.
Katrín is currently in Glasgow, Scotland attending the COP26 Climate Change Conference. Transport Minister and Progressive Party Chairman Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson is also abroad for a Nordic Council session that begins in Copenhagen, Denmark today.