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Government keeps majority in parliament

The coalition governmental parties in Iceland, the Independence Party (Sjálfstaedisflokkurinn) and the Progressive Party (Framsóknarflokkurinn), received a slight majority in parliament, 32 MPs in total, after the general elections yesterday.

The last votes were counted around 9 am this morning.

According to mbl.is, the Independence Party received 36.6 percent of all votes and 25 MPs, three more than what the party received after the last elections in 2003.

The Progressive Party, on the other hand, lost five MPs since the last elections, and has now seven MPs in parliament after receiving 11.7 percent of all votes.

The Social Democratic Alliance (Samfylkingin) received 26.8 percent of all votes and 18 MPs – the party lost two MPs since the elections in 2003.

The Left-Green Movement (Vinstri graenir) increased their number of MPs the most, by four since the last elections. The party received 14.3 percent of votes yesterday and nine MPs.

The Liberal Party (Frjálslyndi flokkurinn) received 7.2 percent of votes and four MPs, the same as in 2003, but the newcomer, the Icelandic movement (Íslandhreyfingin), received only 3.3 percent of votes and no MP in parliament.

A total of 63 MPs have a seat in Althingi, the Icelandic parliament, and it is requried that the governmental parties have a majority of MPs.

With 32 MPs the Independence Party and Progressive Party could remain in government. But with such little the majority, the Independence Party may decide to work with another party or parties.

The political parties will now discuss how best to form Iceland’s next government during which the Independence Party has the biggest say as the largest party.

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