The five-party coalition talks, led by Left-Green Movement Leader Katrín Jakobsdóttir, have broken down, RÚV reports. This became apparent at a short meeting between party leaders, which began at 5 pm. Katrín has informed Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson that the coalition talks between the five parties—the Left-Green Movement, the Pirate Party, the Reform Party, Bright Future, and the Social Democratic Alliance—have failed.
She stated that not all parties had been convinced about the viability of the coalition. Lacking the premise for continued negotiations, she decided not to pursue them further.
She praised the work done by party representatives in recent days in an attempt to reach a solution, but stated that disagreement between the parties regarding how to fund the health and education systems was part of the problem, as well as policy differences regarding the fishing industry.
Katrín was disappointed with the results. When asked whether she planned to return the mandate to form a government tonight, she responded, “Let me sleep on it.”