The Icelandic ruling coalition has agreed on a new government

The news came more than two months after the general election, in which the rulers secured a majority of seats in parliament.

Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir of the Left Green Movement will continue to lead the government, the party said.

The Left Green Movement, the conservative Independence Party and the center-right Progress Party together won 38 of 63 seats in parliament in the September elections. After the previous election in 2017, these parties held 33 seats.

An unusual coalition that has been criticized by Jakobsdottir and made his party worse in the election has given Iceland four years of stability after a decade of political crisis.

In Iceland, for the first time since 2003, the government retained a majority in the elections.

“It simply came to our notice then. It will not be easy to continue. But it’s probably healthy to work with people who don’t agree with you on all issues, “Jakobsdottir told AFP.

“The message of the parliamentary election is very clear – the government has received a strong majority,” she added.

The new government’s program focuses on combating climate change.

“We will set an independent national target to reduce Iceland’s greenhouse gas emissions by 55 percent by 2030,” the document said.

At the 2015 United Nations Climate Conference (COP21) in Paris, Reykjavik committed itself to a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

The government’s program also calls for the establishment of a national park in the center of Iceland to protect the natural values ​​there. This proposal caused a great deal of controversy between the three ruling parties during the previous term.

The position of the prime minister’s party has weakened

Jakobsdottir The Left Green movement won only eight seats in the September elections, three fewer than in 2017. He performed worse than both right-wing partners, who performed well in the election.

Although Jakobsdottir will continue to lead the government, her party has lost control of the symbolically important Ministries of Environment and Health.

The Prime Minister’s Party will lead the Ministries of Fisheries and Agriculture and Labor.

AFP / “Scanpix” nuotr./Katrin Jakobsdottir

The Independence Party, the largest political force, will retain control of the Ministries of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Justice, as well as receive portfolios of environment and industry ministers.

The Progress Party will have portfolios of health, education, trade and culture ministers, as well as a new head of the Ministry of Infrastructure, which will deal with transport, housing and urbanization.

Negotiations to form a new government have dragged on due to ideological differences between the Left Green Movement and the Independence Party.

In addition, parties had to wait for the final election results to be announced. Parliament only approved them on Thursday because voting irregularities were reported in one of the country’s six constituencies.


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