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More Progressives Leave Party over Mosque Issue
by Emilía S. Ólafsdóttir Kaaber
Since alternate MP for the Progressive Party Þorsteinn Magnússon's resignation from the party last week, several other party members have followed suit and many other people have expressed their support.
As reported, Þorsteinn resigned from the party due to the inaction of party leaders in regards to comments made by then city council candidate, and current city council member, Sveinbjörg Birna Sveinbjörnsdóttir, about the building of a mosque in Reykjavík.
Þorsteinn had criticized Sveinbjörg's conduct immediately following the initial comments in May. He resigned last week after several attempts to get the leadership of the party to condemn her actions, which he called "in no way appropriate for a civilized political party," failed.
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