Icelandic municipal elections, 2014

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Municipal elections took place in Iceland on 31 May 2014. 66% of eligible voters cast votes, the lowest proportion since Iceland gained independence.[1]

As part of a pledge, Mayor Jón Gnarr's Best Party did not participate in the election and was dissolved after the election was held.[2]

Results in Reykjavík[edit]

e • d Summary of the 31 May 2014 Reykjavík City Council election results
Parties Votes % +/−% Seats +/−
Social Democratic Alliance (Samfylkingin) 17,426 31.9 +12.8 5 +2
Independence Party (Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn) 14,031 25.7 –7.9 4 –1
Bright Future (Björt framtíð) 8,539 15.6 New 2 New
Progressive Party (Framsóknarflokkurinn) 5,865 10.7 +8.0 2 +2
Left-Green Movement (Vinstrihreyfingin – grænt framboð) 4,553 8.3 +1.2 1 ±0
Pirate Party (Píratar) 3,238 5.9 New 1 New
Dawn (Dögun) 774 1.5 New 0 New
People's Front of Iceland (Alþýðufylkingin) 219 0.4 New 0 New
Totals 54,665 100.0 15
Source: Vísir[3]

In total, 56,895 votes were cast. Of these, 2,024 were blank and 227 were unvalid.

On June 11th 2014, a coalition was announced of the Social Democrats, Bright Future, the Left-Greens, and the Pirate Party. Dagur Bergþóruson Eggertsson, of the Social Democrats, became the new mayor, while the Left-Green councillor Sóley Tómasdóttir became president of the city council and Sigurður Björn Blöndal of Bright Future became the city council chairperson.[4] The coalition did not invite Progressive Party councillors onto the city’s councils and committees, with Sóley Tómasdóttir saying that the party was not “suitable” for the jobs; this has been taken partly to relate to the councillors' opposition to the Reykjavík Mosque.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kári Tulinius, 'So What's this City Election I Keep Hearing About?', The Reykjavík Grapevine (2014, issue 7), 8.
  2. ^ After four years, Iceland’s notorious Reykjavik comic mayor leaves politics
  3. ^ "Lokatölur í Reykjavík: Meirihlutinn fallinn". Vísir. 2014-06-01. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  4. ^ Paul Fontaine, 'Meet Reykjavík’s New Ruling Coalition', The Reykjavík Grapevine, June 12, 2014, http://grapevine.is/news/2014/06/12/meet-reykjaviks-new-ruling-coalition/.
  5. ^ Paul Fontaine, 'Progressives Shut Out Of City Committees', The Reykjavík Grapevine, June 16, 2014, http://grapevine.is/news/2014/06/16/progressives-shut-out-of-city-committees/.

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