Benedikt Jóhannesson, head of the pro-EU group Sjálfstæðir Evrópumenn (Independent Europeans), says open meetings to discuss the formation of a new political party will be held after Easter. According to a new poll conducted by Capacent Gallup, a pro-EU right-centrist party would receive 21.5 percent of the vote if elections were held today.
The group has met to discuss the formation of the party but preparations are still in the early stages, Benedikt told ruv.is. Benedikt says he has not decided whether or not to run but emphasized that the party would be based on issues not individuals. “Unlike many other new parties, the party will not be built on specific individuals but rather on issues,” he said. “The party will be Pro-Western-cooperation and for free enterprise and market solutions.”
Benedikt is the publisher of Iceland Review.