The majority coalition of the Independence Party and Social Democrats in Akureyri, the largest town in north Iceland, collapsed in the municipal elections on Saturday while the L-listinn, the Party of the People, earned a clear majority with 45 percent of votes and six representatives on the council.
From Akureyri. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
The Town Party, Progressive Party, Independence Party, Social Democrats and Left-Greens all earned one seat each on the town council, with the Independence Party losing three council members and the Social Democrats two, ruv.is reports.
When the Independence Party and Social Democrats formed a coalition after the last municipal elections in 2006, they agreed on having three different mayors during the term.
Kristján Thór Júlíusson of the Independence Party served as mayor until he was elected to parliament in 2007, Sigrún Björk Jakobsdóttir of the Independents then took over until one year ago when Hermann Jón Tómasson of the Social Democrats replaced her, serving as mayor until the end of the term.
Usually, there is only one mayor per term.
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