Details of a potential coalition at Aberdeenshire Council could be finalised today.
The Conservatives secured the largest number of councillors in the local authority, with 23 of its members elected across the region, surpassing the SNP’s total of 21 councillors.
The Tories held their first round of formal negotiations at Woodhill House yesterday but an announcement has yet to be made on who will form the next administration.
Tory group leader Councillor Jim Gifford said: “We had a number of group meetings during the course of the day.
“There’s a possibility of a coalition there to be had and we’re just trying to work out the details of that.”
The Scottish Liberal Democrats took 14 seats, Independents 10 and Scottish Greens held one seat.
And Scottish Labour now holds just one seat, down from two, after Raymond Christie lost his Stonehaven post.
The Liberal Democrats will determine the outcome of the ruling administration as without them neither the Conservatives or SNP can form a majority coalition.
The party has previously worked alongside the Tories in administration and also between 2015 and 2017 as part of the Aberdeenshire Alliance opposition group.
The Liberal Democrats met yesterday and elected Cllr Peter Argyle as the new group leader.
He remained tight lipped as to which party they favoured working with but said meetings and discussions would continue over the coming days.
SNP group leader Richard Thomson said: “We’ve been involved in discussions with various groups and individuals and we’re waiting to see how events unfold over the next few days.”