Last night, Icelandic government leaders proposed to the opposition that parliamentary elections be held on October 29th this year. Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson believes the government will be able to complete its main objectives by that time. This means that the current parliament would have to be in session longer than usual, and that a budget bill would not be proposed until after elections.
According to Bjarni, dozens of resolutions need to be completed and new ones will be added.
Prime Minister Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson stated that 40 resolutions that couldn’t be passed last spring have been under discussion and that new ones have been added. Election day, he said, has been discussed in government, and despite Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson’s declaration this week that nailing down a date for elections would be a major mistake, there is consensus among cabinet members regarding the date.
Members of the opposition welcomed the set date, which they had been demanding for quite some time.