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Iceland's New Government Signs Coalition Agreement

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Iceland's New Government Signs Coalition Agreement

New Government November 2017

Bjarni Benediktsson, chairman of the Independence Party to the left, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, chairman of the Leftist-Green Movement in the middle, and Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, chairman of the Progressive Party to the right. Photo: Golli

The chairmen of the three parties that will form Iceland‘s government held a press conference this morning. The government agreement was presented and a treaty signed.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir, chairman of the Leftist-Green Movement will become Prime Minister, making her the second woman to hold that position in Iceland, as well as the first ever socialist leader in the country.

The lengthy treaty was written in three weeks and places emphasis on enforcing Alþingi and bridging the gap between different parties.

The Leftist-Green Movement is a left-leaning socialist party, while the Independence Party is a right-leaning liberal-conservative party. The Progressive Party is a centre party, focusing on agrarian policies.

“We took our time to form this government,” Katrín announced. “All this time we’ve kept in mind the importance of working together. We wish to bridge the gap between different parties and to work with the parties in opposition in many ways.”

Bjarni Benediktsson, chairman of the Independence Party agrees with Katrín. “Taking our time working on the treaty helped the three parties to get to know each other. This will be a government in advancing spirit. Because the situation is quite good in Iceland and we wish to improve infrastructures while also maintaining economic stability.”

Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, chairman of the Progressive Party, says the new government will focus on aiding young people in need of housing, as well as the disabled and the elderly. Regional development issues are also very important to him. “It is of vital importance for all residents to sit at the same table. By the year 2020, we will have finished implementing fibre optic cables across the country, ensuring that 99% of all homes will have access to high-speed internet.”

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