Iceland’s Opposition Considers Vote of No Confidence

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Iceland’s Opposition Considers Vote of No Confidence

MPs of the opposition’s Independence and Progressive Parties have allegedly been considering declaring a vote of no confidence on the government in recent weeks. Developments took a new turn when former Left-Green MP Jón Bjarnason abandoned the coalition last week.

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From Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament. Photo: Páll Kjartansson.

“Then people thought it natural to test the government’s strength,” a Progressive Party MP, who would not be named, told visir.is.

An unnamed Independence Party MP added that the move was timely as a vote of no confidence was last declared on the government after the second referendum on Icesave two years ago, by the party’s chair Bjarni Benediktsson.

The opposition agrees that the EFTA Court’s verdict yesterday became yet another motive for declaring a vote of no confidence on the government, although it would not be the main reason for making such a move.

The government is currently backed by only 30 out of 63 MPs.

Click here to read more about Icesave and here to read about Jón Bjarnason resigning and the weak position of the Social Democrat-Left-Green coalition.

ESA