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Iceland‘s Government Reelected

After considerable delays and an unusually long election night, all ballots have finally been counted. The coalition parties, the Social Democratic Alliance and the Left-Green Movement, carried through with have a majority in parliament (34 MPs out of 63) and could remain in government.

Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir, the leader of the Social Democrats and the winner of yesterday’s elections. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

Their victory is historic as never before in Iceland’s political history has a left-wing government earned a majority of seats in parliament.

However, their victory is not as decisive as the latest opinion polls had indicated since the Left-Greens ended up receiving fewer votes than the Independence Party. The Progressive Party was also surprisingly strong compared to the results of recent opinion polls.

The 2009 election with subsequent losses and gains are as follows:

The Social Democratic Alliance (S): 29.79 percent and 20 seats in parliament, earning two.

The Independence Party (D): 23.70 percent and 16 seats in parliament, losing nine. Support for the party has never been lower.

The Left-Green Movement (V): 21.68 percent and 14 seats in parliament, earning five.

The Progressive Party (B): 14.80 percent and nine seats in parliament, earning two.

The Civic Movement (O): 7.22 percent and four seats in parliament. This is a new party and had no previous seats in parliament.

The Liberal Party (F): 2.22 percent and no seats in parliament, losing all four of their seats.

The Democracy Party (P): 0.59 percent and no seats in parliament. This is also a new party.

These elections are also historic in the sense that 27 out of 63 MPs in parliament are women (i.e. 43 percent), which is a higher percentage than ever before. In total, 27 new MPs will have a seat in parliament after yesterday’s elections, reports.

Click here to watch a bar chart of the election results on and here to read about what this means for Iceland and the EU.

Stay tuned for more detailed stories on the elections.

Click here to read this story in German.

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