Despite nearly a week of informal discussions led by the leader of the Pirate Party, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, the five parties of the center and left are no closer to forming a new coalition government. Birgitta received the mandate to form a government from the President of Iceland on Friday November 2.
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A spokesman for the Pirate party told the local news site visir.is that the five centrist and left wing parties have spent the past days exploring their differences on major issues like the fisheries, taxes and government finances, and to see what kinds of compromises could be made. He added that it would become clear tomorrow whether the distances between the parties was too great to bridged, or whether an agreement could be reached. The parties would then make a decision whether to begin formal negotiations or whether the discussions would be broken off.
Birgitta Jónsdóttir has previously told visir.is that she felt the parties were making steady progress in the discussions.
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The leader of the Left-green movement, Katrín Jónsdóttir, had previously tried to hammer out an agreement between the five parties, but failed. However, leaders of the Pirate party believed the negotiations had been broken off too early,. Once Birgitta received the mandate party leaders expressed confidence that an agreement could be reached. However, the five parties have not been willing to resume formal negotiations, despite having been engaged in informal discussions since Monday.
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In brief | Pirate Party
What: A pro-free speech, anti-authoritarian political party in Iceland
Founders: A group of anarchists, hackers and internet-freedom activists
Leader: The party eschews formal leaders but Birgitta Jonsdottir is the most senior of three Pirate lawmakers in Iceland’s parliament
“I would like everybody in Iceland to find the pirate within, because the pirate within really represents change and a collective vision for the future.”
- Birgitta Jonsdottir, Pirate Party lawmaker