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Independence Party Increases Lead in Iceland Election

When the second round of ballots for all six constituencies have been counted, the Independence Party has further increased its lead, now standing at 26.8 percent, earning 21 seats in parliament.

althingi-backyard_pkAlþingi, the Icelandic parliament. Photo: Páll Kjartansson/Iceland Review.

The Progressive Party remains the second largest with 23.9 percent and 18 MPs. Support for the party has increased slightly compared to the initial results. Currently, these are the only two parties that can forge a two-party coalition.

As indicated by the initial results, the governing parties, the Social Democratic Alliance and Left Green Movement, have suffered a significant loss. The Social Democrats stand at 13.4 percent with ten MPs, support for the party increasing slightly, and the Left Greens at 11.4 percent with eight MPs, down by one percent since the initial results.

Outgoing Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, former leader of the Social Democrats, commented in an interview on RÚV that she is deeply disappointed by the initial results, stating that they are unfair given how the party turned the economic situation around in the last term.

On Friday, crowds gathered outside the Government Offices, presenting Jóhanna with red roses in gratitude of her efforts.

Support for Bright Future is up compared to the initial results, currently at 8.5 percent with six MPs. The Pirate Party, however, has dropped below the five percent mark, now at 4.7 percent with no MPs. All other parties seem unlikely to earn seats in parliament given the current results. Combined support for these parties amounts to 16 percent.

Follow Iceland Review for full coverage of the results.

Related:

28.04.2013 | Iceland’s General Election: Latest Results

27.04.2013 | Independence Party in the Lead after Initial Results

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