The Social Democratic Alliance, Pirate Party, Left-Green Movement, and Reform Party announced this morning a new majority coalition which will govern Reykjavík, RÚV reports. The four parties began negotiations following the municipal elections on May 26. Together they will govern the City Council with a narrow majority of 12 out of 23 seats.
Dagur B. Eggertsson will continue as the city’s mayor, while Reform Party MP Þórdís Lóa Þórhaldsdóttir will serve as the new majority’s president. Pirate Party MP Dóra Björt Guðjónsdóttir will serve as the majority’s director, to be replaced by Pawel Bartoszek, Reform Party MP, for the term’s latter half. A new environmental and neighbourhood committee will be formed in the city, chaired by Líf Magneudóttir of the Left-Green Movement.
The majority announced today received fewer votes than the minority. The four parties together received 46.4% of the vote, with the largest of the four parties, the Social Democratic Alliance, receiving 25.9% and seven seats. The Independence Party, which will be part of the city council minority, received 30.8% of the votes and eight seats.
The four parties signed an agreement at a press conference this morning. As the contract was passed around, Þórdís Lóa of the Reform Party remarked there should be music to mark to occasion. Líf Magneudóttir of the Left-Green Movement then began humming the Imperial March from Star Wars. “I don’t know if that’s the right song,” remarked Dagur B. in response.