The leaders of three political parties, Bjarni Benediktsson of the Independence Party, Benedikt Jóhannesson of the Reform Party and Óttarr Proppé of Bright Future, talked informally last weekend about a potential government coalition.
Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson just announced at a press conference that he has given Independence Party Leader Bjarni Benediktsson the mandate to form a new government.
Close to 18 percent of those who voted for the Progressive Party in Iceland’s northeast electoral district crossed out the name of former PM and former party chairman Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson.
Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson has invited Independence Party Chairman Bjarni Benediktsson to the presidential residence this morning.
The decision of the Icelandic Wage Council to increase the pay of elected officials by up to 44 percent this month has been harshly criticized by a number of people.
The Icelandic Wage Council has increased the salary of the president of Iceland, members of parliament and government ministers.
At a meeting with Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson today, Ótarr Proppé, chairman of Bright Future, suggested that Reform Party Chairman Benedikt Jóhannesson be given the mandate to form a government.
More Icelandic women are headed to Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, following Saturday’s election, than ever before.
Following the Icelandic parliamentary election on Saturday, Pirate Party members have suggested that a minority government of the Left-Green Movement, the Reform Party and Bright Future be formed.
Political party leaders with representation in the Icelandic parliament are, one by one, meeting with President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson at his residence today.
Icelandic PM Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson went to Bessastaðir, the presidential residence, yesterday afternoon to formally ask, on behalf of his government, to be relieved of his duties.
Following the Icelandic parliamentary election, the leaders of the Reform Party and the Independence Party disagree on who should get the mandate to form a government.
When 79.2 percent of votes, or 195,200, have been counted in Iceland’s parliamentary election, the results appear to be as follows:
Voters in Iceland have spoken and early results indicate that neither the opposition parties will have sufficient support to form a government, nor the center-right coalition of the Independents and Progressives.
Polling places in Iceland close at 10 pm, after which time we can expect the initial results of the parliamentary election.
The most famous ballot box in today’s parliamentary election has arrived in Akureyri, North Iceland.