President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson met with all party leaders on September 16th to work discuss the dissolution of the government which occurred last week when Bright Future pulled out of the governing three-party coalition, RÚV reports. All party leaders responded positively to the proposal that an election would be held in late October or early November, though a date is yet to be confirmed. The Independence Party, Bright Future, and the Reform Party agreed to remain in their positions as a provisional government until an election is held.
Bright Future decided to pull out of the governing coalition last week, citing a breach of confidence on the part of the prime minister. The breach in question refers to the release of new information in the case of Hjalti Sigurjón Hauksson, convicted of paedophilia. Benedikt Sveinsson, Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson’s father, wrote one of the letters of recommendation vouching for Hjalti’s good conduct, which the prime minister has known since July.
The prime minister is meeting with President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson at 11 am today. He is expected to propose the suspension of parliament.