From Iceland — Best Party and Social Democrats in Coalition Talks

Best Party and Social Democrats in Coalition Talks

Published May 31, 2010

The Best Party and the Social Democrats are currently in talks over the formation of a new majority coalition for Reykjavík city hall.
After announcing a “secret meeting” on their Facebook page, the Best Party later announced they decided at this meeting to enter into coalition talks with the Social Democrats. Vísir reports, however, that Dagur B. Eggertsson – who led the list for the Social Democrats running for city council – has not seen the HBO television series The Wire. Having seen The Wire has been one of Best Party chairman Jón Gnarr’s conditions for forming a coalition with anybody, but he told reporters that Dagur is excused, because his not seeing The Wire had been beyond his control.
The two parties will continue talks today, and both Jón and Dagur played the meeting down, saying it was strictly to get to know each other better. Meanwhile, the Independence Party has yet to be contacted for possible coalition talks, and neither party expressed an initiative in creating such talks, either.
It should also be noted that Jón Gnarr has set as a condition of a coalition that he become mayor. Dagur, on the other hand, has said that he would set no such terms for himself.
Of a possible 15 seats on city council, Jón Gnarr’s Best Party has won six, the Independence Party won five, the Social Democrats won three, and the Leftist-Greens won one.

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