From Iceland — Iceland's Next Government Could Be Taking Shape Right Now

Iceland’s Next Government Could Be Taking Shape Right Now

Published October 24, 2016

Andie Sophia Fontaine
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Art Bicnick

The parliamentary opposition parties continued talks last weekend on the possibility of forming a four-party coalition after elections. While no definitive alliance will be made until after the elections, opposition members have all but ruled out working with the current ruling coalition parties; the Independence Party and the Progressive Party.

Vísir reports that leadership for the Pirate Party, the Left-Greens, the Social Democrats and Bright Future met over the weekend to discuss the possibility of a joint platform. Current polls indicate the very real possibility of a Pirate Party victory, but they will need the support of more than one party to form a ruling coalition. As these four parties also comprise the ruling majority in Reykjavík City Hall, this alliance is not entirely without precedent.

Fréttatíminn speculates that the next Prime Minister could be Left-Green chairperson Katrín Jakobsdóttir, although she emphasised that talks have not reached the point of discussing delegation of power.

In speaking with RÚV, opposition leadership all expressed positivity and optimism, pointing out that they have worked well together over the past parliamentary term. At the same time, they were decidedly pessimistic, if not outright opposed, to working with the current ruling coalition parties.

Parliamentary elections are due to be held this Saturday, October 29.


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