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First Numbers: Iceland Says No to Icesave

The first numbers from today’s national referendum on the Icesave legislation of December 30 have been published. It appears that the legislation will be rejected with a vast majority; so far 93 percent of voters have said “no” to the legislation.

According to, 74,151 ballots have been counted, 68,993 of which read “no” and 1,219, or 1.6 percent, read “yes.” A total of 2,674 ballots were empty and 1,265 were invalid.

Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir said these results are not surprising and Finance Minister Steingrímur J. Sigfússon said it is notable how many people voted yes considering that a better agreement is on the table than the one was being voted on in the referendum.

Neither the prime minister nor the finance minister went to the polls.

Chairman of the largest opposition party, Bjarni Benediktsson of the Independents, is keen on bringing Icesave back to the parliament for debate.

Chairperson of the Movement’s parliamentary group, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, described this day as important for democratic reformation in Iceland.

She is satisfied with the seemingly decisive conclusion and believes it will prove useful in the negotiations with British and Dutch authorities.

Click here to read more about Icesave.

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