Faroese general 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.[1] The leaders of the ruling parties will discuss a possible continuation of the current government before trying other possibilities.[2]

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.[3][4] 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.[5]

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.

The coalition broke up in mid-2008, however, and a government consisting of the parties governing before the 2008 election was sworn in on 26 September 2008, with Kaj Leo Johannesen as PM instead.[6]

Results[edit]

e • d Summary of the results of the election to the Faroese Løgting
held on 19 January 2008
Parties Votes % Seats
Republic (Tjóðveldi) 7,250 23.3 8
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)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Nýggja løgtingið valt - stór útskifting og fleiri kvinnur Kringvarp Føroya, 20 January 2008 (Faroese)
  2. ^ Samgonguflokkarnir vilja fyrst geva sær sjálvum nýggjan kjans Kringvarp Føroya, 20 January 2008 (Faroese)
  3. ^ Faroese election Norden, 10 December 2007
  4. ^ Faeroes to head to polls The Copenhagen Post, 7 December 2007
  5. ^ Elections to the Faroese Løgting Election Resources on the Internet
  6. ^ http://www.tinganes.fo/Default.aspx?ID=435&M=News&PID=1022&NewsID=1620