Jón Sigurðsson, former chair of the Progressive Party and Minister of Industry and Commerce, criticized the party's comments on the building of a mosque in Reykjavík and the PM's reactions to them on Stöð 2 yesterday, calling it a "calculated strategy."

Jón said that even though the Progressive Party has always been nationalistic, the party's leader in Reykjavík, Sveinbjörg Birna Sveinbjörnsdóttir, had gone too far her comments.

Two weeks ago, during the municipal election campaign, Sveinbjörg stated that she wanted city authorities to go back on their promise to the Muslim Association of Iceland on a free lot to build a mosque in Reykjavík.

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