Minority government secures majority support

The two governmental parties, the Social Democratic Alliance and the Left Green Movement, won a majority in Saturday’s general elections.

The two governmental parties, the Social Democratic Alliance and the Left Green Movement, won a majority in Saturday’s general elections. They now hold 34 out of 63 mandates in parliament, the Althingi and have already begun negotiations to form a new majority governement. Before the election they formed an interim minority government, supported against a vote of non-confidence by the Progressive Party, and held only 27 mandates. The two parties therefore increased their mandates by 7 in the elections.

The SDA got 29,8% of the vote and is now for the first time the country’s largest party. The Left Greens won 21,7%, which is a 7% increase since last elections.

The Independence Party, right of center, and traditionally the country’s largest one, lost 12% support from the last elections and is now the second largest party in Parliament, with 23,7%.

A new party, the Civic Movement, got 7,2% of the votes and 4 MPs. The Progressive Party increased its share from the last elections and now enjoys 14,8% support. Other parties did not manage to reach the 5% threshhold.

Women increased their representation in parliament and are now 43% of MPs, which is amongst the highest ratios in the world. Out of the 63 representatives in the Althingi, 29 are newcomers to the position of parliamentary member.

Turnout was high, 85%.



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