Liberal_Party_(Iceland)

Liberal Party (Iceland)

The Liberal Party is an Icelandic centre-right political party. The party supports Iceland's membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization but is firmly opposed to the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. The party rejects membership of the European Union. The chairman of the Liberal Party is Guðjón Arnar Kristjánsson, MP. Vice chairman is Magnús Þór Hafsteinsson, MP. In 2006/7, the minor New Force party merged into the Liberal Party, which caused the prominent Liberal Party member Margrét Sverrisdóttir to leave the party and join the Icelandic Movement - Living Land, threatening to split the Liberal Party.

The party has, before the 2007 parliament elections, moved from being primarily focused on issues of fishing quotas and small fishing communities towards immigration. It is the only political party in Iceland that supports strict restrictions on immigration and consequently, the party has been accused of xenophobia.

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