Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson, and Minister of Finance Benedikt Jóhannesson making today's announcement.

Iceland government lifts capital controls

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Pirate MPs Einar Brynjólfsson (left), Smári McCarthy (centre) and Birgitta Jónsdóttir (right).

Iceland’s Pirates: “We’re not going to rush or botch this”

5 Dec 2016 Iceland’s Pirate Party have announced that they will be commencing coalition talks with other political parties today, after Pirate MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir was given the presidential mandate to form a government on Friday.

Bjarni Benediktsson and Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

Talks between Iceland’s top two parties break down

1 Dec 2016 The two parties who took first and second place in Iceland’s general elections see no way forward for formal coalition talks between them.

Budget talks loom as Iceland remains without a government

30 Nov 2016 Icelandic MPs are expected to be convened next week to debate the draft State budget for 2017 – despite the country still being run by a caretaker government.

Party leaders discussed matters over the weekend.

Still no clarity on who will form Iceland’s next government

29 Nov 2016 Three days after Iceland’s political parties were told by the President to sort out a new government for themselves, there is still no sign of formal coalition talks getting under way.

President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson.

President will not give a third coalition mandate

25 Nov 2016 Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson has rejected the suggestion that Iceland is facing a crisis of goverment, despite two failed attempts at forming a working majority.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir speaking to journalists after her meeting with the President.

Second leader gives up on forming Iceland government

25 Nov 2016 Leader of Iceland’s Left-Green Movement Katrín Jakobsdóttir has formally renounced the presidential mandate given to her to form a majority government to rule Iceland.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

Uncertainty ahead as Iceland coalition talks fall through again

23 Nov 2016 Talks between Iceland’s five opposition parties to form a broad-church coalition to govern the country fell through this afternoon after a crunch meeting between party leaders.

Could this be Iceland’s next Prime Minister?

Iceland’s possible future PM: “I’ll tax the rich to pay for social reforms”

22 Nov 2016 Katrín Jakobsdóttir, leader of Iceland’s Left-Green Movement, has reiterated her party’s pledge to plough money into health, education and welfare – money that will be raised by higher taxes for high-income groups.

Representatives of the five parties currently in coalition talks.

Iceland government talks prioritising health service

22 Nov 2016 Four working groups dealing with various important social and political issues for Iceland met yesterday as part of ongoing coalition talks between Iceland’s five opposition parties.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

Left-Greens most popular choice for Iceland government

21 Nov 2016 Despite receiving just 15.9% of the overall vote in last month’s, Iceland’s Left-Green Movement is an extremely popular choice for government, with over two-thirds of Icelanders wanting to see them as part of the next governing coalition.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir.

New Pirate ministers would no longer serve as MPs

21 Nov 2016 Any member of Iceland’s Pirate Party who is made a minister in a future government would have to surrender their position as a Member of Parliament, leading Pirate Birgitta Jónsdóttir confirms.

From yesterday's meeting.

Iceland’s opposition parties agree to formal coalition talks

20 Nov 2016 After three days of informal talks, Iceland’s five opposition parties have agreed to begin formal coalition talks with a view to forming a new majority government to rule Iceland.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir with representatives of the Social Democratic Alliance.

Leader of Iceland’s left sounding out possible partners

17 Nov 2016 Leader of Iceland’s left-greens Katrín Jak­obs­dótt­ir begins informal talks with all other political parties today, after being given the mandate to form a new government by the President of Iceland yesterday.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

Leader of Iceland’s Left-Greens to lead government talks

16 Nov 2016 President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson has transferred the official mandate to form a new government to leader of the Left-Green Movement, Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

Could this be Iceland’s next Prime Minister?

16 Nov 2016 After talks aimed at forming a new centre-right coalition to rule Iceland fell through yesterday, it is widely expected that Katrín Jakobsdóttir will be given the next crack of the whip at putting together a majority government.

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