Political party leaders with representation in the Icelandic parliament are, one by one, meeting with President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson at his residence today, RÚV reports.
After meeting with the president, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, chair of the Left-Green Movement, told reporters she had informed the president of her party’s willingness to participate in, and even lead, a five-party center-left government. By that she means the opposition parties (the Left-Green Movement, the Pirate Party, Bright Future and the Social Democratic Alliance) plus the new Reform Party.
The Left-Green Movement emerged as the second largest party in the election, after the Independence Party, receiving 15.8 percent of the vote, or 10 MPs, compared with seven MPs in the 2013 election.
Katrín stated she discussed the result of Saturday’s election with the president, and although the opposition parties had failed to obtain the majority they had hoped for, support for the government plummeted, meaning that there is a call from voters for change. She reported she had informed the leaders of the other four parties that this kind of government would be her first choice, but said she had no plans to meet with them today.
She told reporters that the fact that there are more parties than before represented in parliament means that people have to cooperate differently than in the past.
When asked about the possibility of cooperation with the Independence Party, Katrín responded, “As I’ve said quite a few times, we don’t necessarily regard that as a realistic option, based on the fact that these parties are each on their own side of the political spectrum.”