Icelandic parliamentary election, 29 October 2016

Publication Date 29/10/2016
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A legislative election was held in Iceland on 29 October 2016. The poll was brought forward from its original date in April 2017 as a result of protests against the coalition government over the Panama Papers scandal.

Media sources reported before the election that the Pirates party, founded in 2012, was on its way to win the election.

The result

Iceland’s Independence Party (part of the existing centre-right coalition government) got 29% of the votes cast in the General Election in Iceland on the 29 October 2016 and was expected to try and form a new coalition government, with new partners.

The new Pirate Party which had been predicted to possibly secure the highest % of the vote ended up with 14.5% of votes. However some of their leaders still suggested that they would discuss the possibility of a coalition with some of the other smaller parties which had increased their vote in the election.

The other part of the incumbent coalition, the Progressive Party, lost seats.

Forming a Government
During November 2016 Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson talked with a range of the political parties involved in the elections to discuss options to form a viable government.

Previous elections

+ 2013

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