Negotiations on forming a new government to rule Iceland are at stalemate, with some predicting the country may remain without a government for some time to come.
“Coalition negotiations are currently in deadlock,” says leader of Regeneration Benedikt Jóhannesson. “In addition to which, there is now extra parliamentary workload, so people are not getting much time to talk to each other.”
“I am not necessarily optimistic that a government will be in place by Christmas,” says Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Prime Minister in Iceland’s current caretaker government.
Successive attempts at bringing together a majority government have been made by three party leaders since the general elections on 29 October and all have ended in failure.
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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