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Iceland: Independence Party to form next government after great election success

30 October 2016

ACRE member Independence Party will form Iceland's next government, after it emerged as the top party in Saturday's general election.

The Independence Party is expected to lead the formation of a new government in Iceland.

ACRE member Independence Party won nearly 30 per cent of the vote in Saturday's general election, which is as much as the parties that came second and third combined. The party and its coalition partner, the Progressive Party, took nearly one third of the seats in the Icelandic Parliament Althing. Furthermore, it became the largest party in each of the Icelandic constituencies.

By voting for the centre-right and eurorealist political party, Icelandic voters chose continuity and economic progress over the anti-establishment Pirate party, which fell short of expectations.

In Iceland, President Gudni Johannesson has yet to officially make the final call on who should lead the formation of the next government.

The Independence Party (Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn) is by far the largest parliamentary party in Iceland. It joined ACRE in November 2011.

The photo above shows the leadership of the party (from left to right): the Elected-Secretary Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnssdóttir, Chairman Bjarni Benediktsson, and Vice-Chairman Ólöf Nordal.