Iceland vote: Centre-right opposition wins election

Bjarni Benediktsson

Centre-right opposition parties in Iceland are set for a return to power with all the votes counted after Saturday’s parliamentary election. The Independence party polled 26.7% and the Progressive party 24.4%, putting them on track to win 38 of the 63 seats. The ruling Social Democrats’ share of the vote dropped to below 13%. Bright Future 8.2% (6 seats) and Pirates 5.1% (3 seats).

It is a dramatic comeback for the parties widely blamed for Iceland’s economic meltdown in 2008. Iceland saw its prosperity evaporate, as the country’s three banks collapsed, and the Social Democrats came to power a year later, with a programme of austerity tailored to international lenders’ requirements.

The centre-right camp has promised debt relief and a cut in taxes. The two leading parties, which will now enter coalition negotiations, are also seen as Eurosceptic, and their poll success could slow down Iceland’s efforts to become a member of the European Union.

“The Independence party has been called to duty again,” said leader Bjarni Benediktsson, who looks likely to become prime minister. (BBC)

*** Islanda: elezioni, vince il centro-destra ***

L’opposizione di centro-destra in Islanda ha vinto le elezioni legislative svoltesi ieri, dopo lo spoglio del 95% dei voti. In base a questi risultati, il partito dell’Indipendenza (destra) ha ottenuto il 26,7% dei voti e il partito del Progresso (centrista e agrario) ha avuto il 24.3%; entrambi ottengono lo stesso numero di seggi, 19, mettendoli nella posizione di negoziare un governo di coalizione. Pesantemente sconfitti i due partiti che avevano dato vita al precedente governo. L’Alleanza (socialdemocratica) perde più della metà della sua rappresentanza con 9 deputati mentre il Movimento verde di sinistra ha ottenuto 7 seggi. Il partito Avvenire radioso (pro-Ue) ha avuto 6 seggi e il partito pirata 3.

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