Council coalitions to be announced this week

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Council coalitions to be announced this week

By Alëx Elliott
Reykjavík City Hall

Photo: Páll Kjartansson.

Reykjavík’s newly elected city council is expected to sign a coalition agreement this week, giving four parties a sizeable majority to rule.

“There will be provisions on increased citizens’ democracy and greater political transparency,” says new Pirate Party councilor in Reykjavík, Halldór Auðar Svansson, asked about the coalition agreement expected in the city between Bright Future, the Left Greens, Social Democrats and the Pirate Party.

City leaders of the four parties hope to sign the city coalition agreement before the World Cup begins on Thursday and the coalition’s major policies and objectives will be released straight after.

The Independence Party will form part of the ruling majority in seven of Iceland’s ten biggest municipalities, Vísir reports.

The new coalition in Kópavogur between the Independence Party and Bright Future was revealed on Saturday and Ármann Kr. Ólafsson will be mayor.

The same two parties look set to announce a ruling coalition in Hafnarfjörður today, but the job of mayor will be advertised for applicants.

The Independence Party and the Progressive Party will continue their coalition in Fjarðabyggð, it was revealed on Saturday.

Meanwhile in Mosfellsbær, the old coalition between the Independence Party and the Left Greens will also continue as before the election. The deal was formally announced yesterday evening and will go ahead despite the Independence Party having secured a majority of seats in the last two elections.

In the de-facto capital of North Iceland, Akureyri, the Progressive Party, L-List and Social Democrats are expected to announce a coalition majority today.

Gunnar Þórarinsson, leader of Free Force in Reykjanesbær, says coalition talks between Direct Route, the Social Democrats and Free Force are going well. Details of a new coalition are expected there some time this week.

The Independence Party holds a majority in Garðabær, Árborg and Akranes, without need of a coalition.

In Akranes the party got five councilors out of nine, with only 41 percent of the vote. Their local party leader Ólafur Adolfsson says the Bright Future councilor will likely join a coalition later this week, even though the Independence Party already has a majority.

In Garðabær the party continues its very longstanding majority and has seven of 11 seats. The Independence Party got 51 percent of votes in Árborg and five council seats out of nine.

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