So, PM [notforlong] Geir Haarde announced just after 1 pm that the government coalition has been dissolved. He’s meeting with the President at 4 pm today to ask for the formal discharge of the government.
Apparently the Social Democratic Alliance led by Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir [who has just returned from Sweden where she underwent treatment for a brain tumor] demanded that the SDA take over leadership of the government from the Independence Party. She proposed that Jóhanna Siguðardóttir, currently minister for social affairs and social security and the most popular minister in the cabinet, take over as PM. The SDA, of course, has also been adamant that some serious housecleaning needs to be done at the Central Bank, and my suspicion is that, among other things, they wanted to take over the reins in order to do just that. For some reason, the IP has been completely incapable of moving the troll that is Davíd Oddsson out of the bank. [Writer Guðmundur Andri Thorsson addressing the IP in Fréttablaðið today: Davíð Oddsson is not a mountain. He is not a star in the sky that cannot be removed. He is not the sun – he is not God. He is just a man who cannot cope with the work he has been assigned and is now standing in the way of the resurrection of Iceland. Word!]
Anyway, it looks as though we will have a national government with the involvement of all the political parties, of which there are five, until the elections this spring, and Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is pegged to be PM, which is fantastic news [at least until proven otherwise] [oops, sorry, my cynicism is showing].
What wild and crazy times we live in!