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Renewal in Iceland Parliament Over 40 Percent

In the election on Saturday, 27 new MPs were elected to Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, which is a renewal of 42.85 percent. In the 2009 election, 27 new MPs were elected and 14 of them will remain in parliament.

althingi-voting-280910_pkPhoto: Páll Kjartansson/Iceland Review.

The most renewal has occurred within the Progressive Party where the average working age of parliamentarians is one and a half years. Twelve of the party’s 19 MPs, or 63 percent, have never been in parliament before, Morgunblaðið reports.

Notably, even though Bright Future is a new party, the average working age of MPs is a year older than that of Progressive Party MPs.

The Social Democratic Alliance is the only party where no new MP was elected. The average working age of Left Green MPs is almost ten years.

The party’s former chair, Minister of Industries and Innovation Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, is the MP with the longest experience in parliament, about to begin his ninth term.

Women account for almost 40 percent of MPs.

Related:

29.04.2013 | Iceland Waits for Decision on New Government

28.04.2013 | Iceland’s Parliamentary Election: Final Results

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