From Iceland — Pirates Attempt 5-Party Coalition, Conservatives With Their Own Ideas

Pirates Attempt 5-Party Coalition, Conservatives With Their Own Ideas

Published December 5, 2016

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Art Bicnick

Informal talks between the Pirate Party and the Social Democrats, the Left-Greens, the Reform Party and Bright Future are underway. At the same time, the chair of the Independence Party told reporters he is taking another attempt at forming a three-party coalition with the Reform Party and Bright Future.

Speaking to listeners on radio station Bylgjan this morning, Pirate Party captain Birgitta Jónsdóttir said that she was optimistic that these five parties will be able to reach an agreement over the major issues before them, which includes how to handle the budget and revive the lagging health care industry. The Pirates received the mandate last Friday.

Despite the fact that a previous attempt at uniting these five parties failed, Birgitta believes a new emphasis could lead to more positive results.

“When we started doing this work last time, we were working from the point of view that was furthest to the left amongst these parties,” she explained. “This was maybe most difficult for those who were furthest to the right to come to an acceptable conclusion. Now we’re trying to achieve this from the centre.”

At the same time, Independence Party chairperson Bjarni Benediktsson told reporters this morning that he has put the word out to the Reform Party that he wants another attempt at a three-party coalition between their two parties and Bright Future – despite those talks breaking down last month.

No word is out on when official 5-party talks will begin, but as Christmas break for parliament nears, the pressure is on to bring matters together quickly.

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