Elections in Iceland this weekend

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The general parliamentary elections in Iceland are to be held on Saturday 25 April and seven political parties are fighting for the interest of voters –  of the seven, two are brand new. The parties are the Independence Party (Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn), Social Democratic Alliance (Samfylkingin), Left-Green Movement (Vinstrihreyfingingrænt framboð), Progressive Party (Framsóknarflokkurinn) and Liberal Party (Frjálslyndi flokkurinn).

The new parties, directly grown from the “Pots and Pans” revolution, are the Citizens’ Movement (Borgarahreyfingin) and the Democratic Movement (Lýðræðishreyfingin).

The latest poll (Capacent Gallup), done from the 19th of April to the 21st in Reykjavik South, showed that the Independence Party has gone from 39.2% to 22.6%, The Social Democratic Alliance are up from 29% to 34.7 and the Left-Green Movement are up from 14.4% to 27.6.

The new parties, the Citizens’ Movement and the Democratic Movement are showing 5,2% and 3%. The Progressive Party are in a similar neighbourhood with 6.3%, had 5.9% and finally the Liberal Party has gone down from 6.8% to 0.5%.

The ruling coalition in Iceland is expected to win the elections taking place this coming weekend.

General information on the elections are available at www.kosning.is/english/

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