Nearly 200 people voted yesterday on whether a new political party, Framtídarlandid (“The Future Land”), should run candidates at the general elections in May. The majority voted against this proposal.
Only about 10 percent of the 2,708 registered members in Framtídarlandid took part in yesterday’s voting, which was held at Hotel Loftleidir in Reykjavík. Ninety-two people supported the candidacy, but 96 were against it. One person was undecided. Morgunbladid reports.
The political party’s main goal is to change the current government’s policy on heavy industry. Prominent Icelanders, such as TV presenter Ómar Ragnarsson, who openly objected to the construction of the dam in Kárahnjúkar, actress María Ellingsen and writer Andri Snaer Magnason are members.
Ellingsen and Ragnarsson are considering running for an independent candidacy in the elections. “I will decide within the next ten days,” Ragnarsson said. “I believe the green army should be activated in a new political force.”
Ragnarsson did not reveal who he considered potential members of such a “green army,” but said he was looking towards “strong individuals” on the right political wing.