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Make or Break for Five-Party Talks

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Make or Break for Five-Party Talks

Birgitta Jónsdóttir

Pirate Party captain Birgitta Jónsdóttir. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Today, it will be determined whether the five parties currently considering forging a government coalition, will launch formal talks. The Pirate Party and Social Democrats have declared themselves willing to take the step, the other three parties remain undecided.

“After yesterday’s meeting we believe that we have started to see the shore and that this could work, with coaxing, tolerance and willingness to cooperate. So we decided to go for it,” chair of the Social Democrats Logi Már Einarsson told RÚV this morning.

Pirate captain Birgitta Jónsdóttir currently holds the president’s mandate to lead coalition talks. She told mbl.is that if formal talks won’t be launched today, she will probably return the mandate. A solution has been found on most big issues, but an agreement on fisheries and agriculture remains.

“We all want to change these systems to some extent but we disagree about the approach and I am trying to get people to compromise on that,” said Birgitta.

The Pirate MPs declared their unanimous intent to start formal talks with the four other parties yesterday. Leaders of all five parties—the Left-Greens, Reform Party and Bright Future, in addition to the Pirates and Social Democrats—will meet today at noon and a joint announcement is expected following the meeting.

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