Iceland Elections: Current Government Won Majority

The current Icelandic government, which was formed in 2017. (Photo: Icelandic government/Prime Minister’s office)

The current Icelandic government secured a majority in Saturday’s parliamentary elections. It is not yet clear whether the current government parties chose to form a new coalition for the next four years.

The Icelandic government secured a majority in Saturday’s parliamentary elections in Iceland. The government coalition won a total of 37 out of 63 seats in Alltinget, the Icelandic parliament.

The coalition consists of three parties: the right-oriented Independence Party, the Left-Green Movement, and the center-oriented Progress Party. The government coalition is headed by Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdottír, who is also chair of the Left-Green Movement.

The Independence Party won the largest part of the shares with its 24 percent and 16 seats in parliament. The Progress Party won 13 seats, five more than at the previous election, while the Left-Green Movement. lost three seats from the previous election, according to Icelandic daily Morgenbladet.

Coalition negotiations await

The parties are expected to enter into coalition negotiations, which may last for weeks or even months. The national broadcaster RUV Iceland says it appears the existing government may continue, and that the negotiations thus might be brief, however, there is still a lot of insecurity.

Insecurity also surrounds the question of whether or not Katrín Jakobsdottír will keep her position as Prime Minister.

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This article was originally published in Norwegian and has been translated by HNN's Elisabeth Bergquist.