Bjarni Ben continues as Independence Party leader

bjarni-benediktsson1Bjarni Benediktsson has been re-elected as leader of the Independence Party. The Independence Party is Iceland’s largest opposition political party.

The Independence Party is holding a national conference this weekend and the biggest single agenda item was the leadership election. Incumbent Bjarni Benediktsson received 573 votes and MP Petur Blondal received 281 votes. Overall, 925 party delegates cast their votes, and 50 of them were empty protest ballots.

With 62 percent of the party vote, Bjarni Benediktsson is therefore confirmed as Independence Party leader once more. reports that he thanked his party colleagues for their support and said he hopes and believes this national conference will come to be seen as a turning point in the history of the Independence Party. He also thanked Petur Blondal for his agile and well-fought leadership campaign.