Bright Future (Iceland)

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Bright Future
Björt framtíð
Chairperson Vacant[1]
Founded 4 February 2012[2]
Ideology Liberalism
Social liberalism[3]
Pro-Europeanism
Political position Centre
European affiliation Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Colours Purple, White
Seats in the Althing
0 / 63
Election symbol
A
Website
www.bjortframtid.is

Bright Future (Icelandic: Björt framtíð) is a liberal[4] political party in Iceland founded in 2012.

The party is a member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) party and has links to the ALDE Group in the European Parliament.[5][6]

History[edit]

The party was founded on 4 February 2012.[2] Before the 2013 general election, it included two Members of Parliament, Guðmundur Steingrímsson (who defected from the Progressive Party) and Róbert Marshall (who defected from the Social Democratic Alliance). Guðmundur had been elected as a candidate of the Progressive Party, but left the party to sit as an independent. In 2012, Guðmundur formed Bright Future with the Best Party, with which it shares initials in Icelandic, "BF".[7][8][9] The party was formed to contest the April 2013 parliamentary election. The party won six seats, making it the fifth largest in parliament, but has since dropped significantly in opinion polls.[10]

Ideology[edit]

The party supports Iceland joining the European Union and adopting the euro currency.[4][6]

Electoral results[edit]

Election Votes  % Seats +/– Position Government
2013 15,583 8.25
6 / 63
Increase 6 Increase 5th Opposition
2016 13,578 7.2
4 / 63
Decrease 2 Decrease 6th Coalition
2017 2,394 1.2
0 / 63
Decrease 4 Decrease 9th Extra-parliamentary

Chairpersons[edit]

Chairperson Period
Guðmundur Steingrímsson 2012–2015
Óttarr Proppé 2015–17

References[edit]

  1. ^ Freyr Gígja Gunnarsson (31 October 2017). "Óttarr hættur sem formaður Bjartrar framtíðar". RÚV. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Declaration of the founding policy for Bright Future" (in Icelandic). Björt framtíð (Bright Future). 4 February 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Nordsieck, Wolfram. "Parties and Elections in Europe". www.parties-and-elections.eu. 
  4. ^ a b Tom Lansford, ed. (2015). Political Handbook of the World 2015. SAGE Publications. p. 2683. ISBN 978-1-4833-7155-9. 
  5. ^ http://www.aldeparty.eu/en/members/political-parties
  6. ^ a b The Reykjavík Grapevine Election Guide 2013, The Reykjavík Grapevine, issue 4, 5 April 2013, p. 20.
  7. ^ "Iceland's newest political party gets shiny new name". IceNews – Daily News. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  8. ^ "Iceland Review Online: Daily News from Iceland, Current Affairs, Business, Politics, Sports, Culture". Icelandreview.com. 2005-12-06. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  9. ^ e.c Software. "Online, Iceland news, Travel, Vacation, Culture, Hotels, Politics, Business". IcelandReview. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  10. ^ http://grapevine.is/mag/interview/2015/05/21/is-the-future-bright-for-icelands-bright-future-party/

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