From Iceland — Ruling Coalition Will Hold

Ruling Coalition Will Hold

Published January 6, 2010

Despite rumors that Icesave’s veto could instigate a collapse of the ruling coalition of Social Democrats and Leftist-Greens, the partnership will hold.
In light of president Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson rejecting the Icesave bill, the two parties met during the day yesterday to review their position. Social Democrat MP Steinunn Valdís Óskarsdóttir confirmed to Vísir that the partnership is not in danger.
“We respect [the president’s] decision,” she said in part, “As in the end he has that power according to the constitution. People were perhaps not happy with that decision, but that was his conclusion and now we have to prepare a national referendum. Personally, I am unhappy with the president’s decision.”
Óskarsdóttir added that she worries about the consequences of the veto.
“The Prime Minister informed us that the president was briefed by experts on what possible consequences there could be for the nation if he vetoed. The president was therefore well aware what sort of situation could arise with regards to foreign lenders.”

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