Faroese parliamentary election, 2008
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Parliamentary elections were held in the Faroe Islands on 19 January 2008, the latest possible date. The Self-Government Party and the Centre Party gained a seat each while the Social Democratic Party lost a seat. The number of women went from three to seven. The leaders of the ruling parties will discuss a possible continuation of the current government before trying other possibilities.
It had been considered to amend the election law to hold the election two weeks later to pass a number of important bills before the election, but in the end the negotiations on this failed and the election was called on 2007-12-07. Prior to this election, the electoral system was changed in 2007 from a constituency-based d'Hondt proportional representation (with seven multi-member constituencies), which had some elements of mixed member proportional voting, to a nation-wide d'Hondt based proportional system to reduce disproportionality.
Prior to the election, the Social Democratic Party formed a centrist unionist government with the People's Party and the Union Party. After the elections, four days of negotiations saw a centre-left separatist government emerge; while the Social Democratic Party retained the PM's post, the strongly pro-independence Republic got the majority of ministerial posts (including the newly-created post of foreign minister). The Centre Party also participated in the new government. Among the coalition agreement points was a plan to draft a constitution for the Faroe Islands, which would be approved in a referendum to be held in 2010.
|Union Party (Sambandsflokkurin)||6,529||21.0||7|
|People's Party (Fólkaflokkurin)||6,240||20.1||7|
|Social Democratic Party (Javnaðarflokkurin)||6,018||19.3||6|
|Centre Party (Miðflokkurin)||2,610||8.4||3|
|Self-Government Party (Sjálvstýrisflokkurin)||2,244||7.2||2|
|Students' Party (Miðnámsflokkurin)||221||0.7||0|
|Totals (electorate 34,845 : turnout 89.7% )||31,112||100.0||33|
|Source: logting.elektron.fo (turnout includes invalid votes; other figures exclude invalid votes)|
See also 
- Nýggja løgtingið valt - stór útskifting og fleiri kvinnur Kringvarp Føroya, 20 January 2008 (Faroese)
- Samgonguflokkarnir vilja fyrst geva sær sjálvum nýggjan kjans Kringvarp Føroya, 20 January 2008 (Faroese)
- Faroese election Norden, 10 December 2007
- Faeroes to head to polls The Copenhagen Post, 7 December 2007
- Elections to the Faroese Løgting Election Resources on the Internet