Captain of the Pirate Party Birgitta Jónsdóttir announced shortly before 3 pm today that she intends to return the mandate to lead government formation talks back to President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson at 5 pm today, ruv.is reports.
After a two-hour meeting between the leaders of the Pirate Party, Left-Green Movement, Reform Party, Bright Future and Social Democratic Alliance at noon, it became clear that an agreement on a five-party coalition will not be reached and formal talks will not be launched.
Birgitta explained that the parties had disagreed too strongly on certain issues for a compromise to be achieved, especially in terms of fisheries.
Birgitta received the president’s mandate ten days ago. She was the third party representative after Bjarni Benediktsson, chair of the Independence Party, and Katrín Jakobsdóttir, chair of the Left-Greens, to receive the mandate.
So far, all coalition government talks have shattered. After Katrín returned the mandate, Guðni asked that all party leaders discuss a possible solution to the looming government crisis among themselves before handing out the mandate to one of them.
The parliamentary election took place on October 29. Last week, parliament reconvened, even though a new coalition government has yet to be forged.