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Prime Minister, Parties React to Government Disbanding

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Prime Minister, Parties React to Government Disbanding

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Bjarni Benediktsson spoke with media on his way in to Independence Party headquarters this morning. Photo: Screenshot from RÚV.

Left Green MP Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, Reform Party Chairman Benedikt Jóhannesson, and Social Democratic Alliance Chairman Logi Einarson all stated in interviews that an election would likely be announced for October in the wake of the government disbanding last night, RÚV reports.

“There are two possibilities: either a new government is formed or we hold an election. I believe an election is now more likely,” stated Logi.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir, parliamentary chairman of the Pirate Party, stated this morning she supports attempting to form a new government before deciding on an election. “It is important not to give up immediately. We had come up with a great governing agreement in five-party meetings at the end of last year. It’s OK to look at a few things before people give up,” Birgitta stated.

The Reform Party, the Progressive Party, Bright Future, Left Green, and the Pirate Party have been holding meetings this morning to discuss the disbanding of the government coalition. The governing Independence Party is scheduled to meet just before noon and the Social Democratic Party in the afternoon.

Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson told media on his way into party headquarters that there was much he wanted to discuss with them today, and that he would do so later in the day.

“Now I’m going to talk with the party, but there are many things I want to talk about with you and I will do that later today. But in the meantime I have to work out this unexpected position and the next step is meeting the party.”

Bjarni did not answer questions about whether he would meet with the president or try to form a new government.

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