Joke Party Gets Pure Majority in Reykjavík

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Joke Party Gets Pure Majority in Reykjavík

According to a new survey, the joke party Besti flokkurinn is now supported by almost 44 percent of the electorate in Reykjavík and would earn eight representatives out of 15 in the upcoming Reykjavík City Council elections on May 29—a pure majority.

Reykjavík City Hall. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

With a pure majority, Besti flokkurinn (which translates as “The Best Party”) wouldn’t have to make a coalition with any of the other parties.

Besti flokkurinn’s chairman and founder, comedian Jón Gnarr, could become mayor and the jokers could more or less make all the decisions on the council.

According to the survey, which was conducted by Fréttabladid and Stöd 2 on Thursday, both the Independence Party and the Social Democrats are supported by approximately 21 percent of voters in Reykjavík and would receive three representatives each on Reykjavík City Council. The Left-Greens would receive ten percent of votes and earn one council member—other parties none.

“If the conclusion of this survey is an indication of the election will turn out—that Besti flokkurinn will get up to eight people on the City Council—then voters are giving the political parties a hard punishment, both for the [banking] collapse and the chaos in the council in the past term,” Grétar Thór Eythórsson, political science professor at the University of Akureyri, told visir.is.

Eythórsson said it is likely that some of those who declare that they’re going to vote Besti flokkurinn in surveys will change their minds once inside the polling booths. It is difficult to say whether the joke party will really end up with a majority on Reykjavík City Council.

Click here to read more about Besti flokkurinn and the upcoming municipal elections in Iceland.