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Alþingi Reconvenes after Break

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Alþingi Reconvenes after Break

Alþingishúsið

Alþingishúsið, the Icelandic parliamentary building. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, reconvened at 1:30 pm today after Christmas break and for the first time since the coalition government of the Independence Party, the Reform Party and Bright Future took power, Vísir reports.

Unnur Brá Konráðsdóttir, MP for the Independence Party, was elected Speaker of Alþingi with 54 votes, according to RÚV.

Disagreement remains between the government and the opposition regarding how to allocate committee chairmanships of Alþingi’s standing committees among the different political parties.

The coalition parties have demanded leadership of six out of eight committees, while the opposition would like to chair at least three. The opposition bases its demand on its number of MPs. The coalition government has a total of 32 MPs, out of Alþingi’s 63, representing a very tight majority.

A new poll by Maskína, published yesterday, shows that just over a quarter of voters are pleased with the government, while more than 47 percent report being unhappy with it.

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