Left – Centre – Right? Centre-Left Coalition Talks Now Abandoned

Coalition talks between the Left-Green Movement, the Social Democratic Alliance, the Progressive Party, and the Pirate Party have been abandoned. Iceland Monitor/Kristinn Magnússon

The center-left government coalition talks that begun last Friday fell through this Monday morning and have been abandoned, with Left-Green movement leader Katrín Jakobsdóttir meeting with the president of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson today. MP Jakobsdóttir returned to him her official mandate to form a coalition government consisting of the Progessive Party, the Left-Green Movement, the Social Democratic Alliance and the Pirate Party. The formal talks were initiated on after the leaders of the relevant political parties agreed to make an attempt to form a majority government of one, i.e, 32 over 31, in wake of the October 28 general elections. Left-Green leader Katrín Jakobsdóttir was summoned to the President of Iceland the following Thursday and handed an official mandate to form a government. According to political sources, the Progressive Party decided to abandon the talks due to the foreseeable small majority of one MP in the new parliament. The four party coalition would have had 32 MPs in Iceland’s 63 member parliament, the smallest possible majority. First Seen on IcelandMonitor.

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