Progressive Party supports left-wing Iceland

althingiSigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, leader of Iceland’s Progressive Party said in an interview with mbl.is that he wants the upcoming elections to usher in a new government coalition which includes his party. This government should be strong enough to make the tough decisions needed in the current financial and political climate.

When pushed on who his partners would ideally be, Gunnlaugsson said his party is looking towards the left and would be happiest if the current temporary government were to carry on after the elections.

The Progressive Party has historical left-wing roots, but was coalition partner to the right-wing Independence Party from 1995-2007.

He added though, that he would not rule out co-operation with the Independence Party if the left-wing parties are unable or unwilling to form a government with the Progressive Party.

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