History in the Making, Sigmundur Davíð Iceland’s Next PM? Skip to content

History in the Making, Sigmundur Davíð Iceland’s Next PM?

In the 69 years since Iceland became independent from Denmark, no single party has ever held a majority at Alþingi, the parliament. That is about to change, according to a new poll carried out by television channel Stöð 2 and daily Fréttablaðið published last night.

sigmundurdavid-althingi-280910_pkSigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson. Photo: Páll Kjartansson/Iceland Review.

The Progressive Party, chaired by Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, is on a roll with 40.8 percent support heading towards the election in three weeks time, on April 27. In the last election, in 2009, the Progressive Party got 14.8 percent of the votes.

According to the results, the party will secure 31 seats, out of a total 63, one fewer than is needed to gain a clear majority. If the party’s popularity will continue to surge, it might obtain a clear majority in parliament and not have to forge a coalition with another party or parties.

The right-wing opposition Independence Party has the second highest level of support with 18.1 percent. In the last election, the party received 23.7 percent, its lowest score ever, and it was the first time in the history of the Republic that it was not the largest party in Alþingi.

The largest party in the last election was that of PM Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, the Social Democratic Alliance. The party currently has a 9.7 percent support rating, down 20 by percent from 29.8 percent in the 2009 election.

The other party in the coalition government, the Left Green Movement, holds 5.7 percent support, down from 21.7 percent in 2009 and not far above the 5 percent minimum to earn a seat in parliament.

According to the poll, two new parties will get their members elected, Bright Future with 8.5 percent, and the Pirate Party with 5.7 percent. Six other parties were included in the poll and received ratings of between 0.4 and 2.9 percent, mbl.is reports


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