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Left-leaning Government Less Likely

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Alþingi, the national parliament of Iceland. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Following last Saturday‘s general elections, it is currently unclear what sort of government will be formed. Yesterday, the chairmen of every party that gained seats in parliament met with the President to discuss the next steps.

The outgoing government, which consisted of the Independence Party, The Reform Party and Bright Future, has no chance of keeping their majority. All three parties lost a number of their seats, with Bright Future losing all of theirs, not making it into parliament.

All parties that were in opposition are technically able to form a new, left-leaning government with a majority of one seat, the same as the previous one. This appears to be the primary choice of the chairmen of the Leftist-Green Movement, the Social Democratic Alliance and the Pirate Party, following their talks with the President.

The chairman of the Progressive Party, however, told reporters that he was more interested in a government that includes both left- and right-wing parties. He is believed to be referring to a government with the Independence Party and the Leftist-Green Movement.

Two new parties entered parliament following the elections, the People‘s Party and the Central Party. The former gained four seats, while the latter gained seven. Some of the opposition parties are believed to have eyed the People‘s Party as a potential fifth party to their coalition, as a single seat majority isn‘t thought to be viable. Those hopes were squashed yesterday when its chairman, Inga Sæland, was spotted in the car of the Central Party‘s chairman Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson on his way to meet the President. According to Sigmundur, the pair was discussing a potential co-operation. Sigmundur‘s party isn‘t considered a likely match with the aforementioned oppositional parties.

Another party, the Reform Party, is also being eyed as the fifth party, although its inclusion isn‘t viewed very positively by members of the Progressive Party, according to Fréttablaðið‘s sources. Both parties differ greatly in key policies.

All parties appeared to agree on needing some time to let the dust settle and discuss with one another before it becomes clear what sort of government could be formed. Last year the President allowed four days to pass before checking with the chairmen once more.

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