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Iceland's current coalition government will not survive the upcoming general election

By Staff

  • New government Soon there will be new masters of this house. Iceland's parliament is called Alþingi and is located in this old stone buidling in the centre of the capital. Photo/Vísir

As has been apparent for quite a while Iceland’s right-wing coalition government of the Independence Party (Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn) and the Progressive Party (Framsóknarflokkurinn) will not survive the upcoming general election. According to a new opinion poll by local news site Vísir the combined support of the parties is 32.2%, having been voted into power in 2013 with 51.1% of the popular votes.

With only ten days to the election on 29 October, the conservative Independence Party and Iceland’s Pirate Party are the country’s most popular parties according to the new poll.

The Independence Party is supported by 23.7% of the nation and is down from 26.7% in 2013 while the support of the Progressive Party has tanked to 8.5%, from 24.4% of the popular vote in 2013.

According to Vísir's new poll The Pirates enjoy the support of 20.7% of the nation, which is a huge step up from the 5.1% the party received in 2013.

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Iceland’s third largest party, according to the poll, is the Left Greens (Vinstrihreyfingin grænt framboð - VG) with a 19.2% support, up from 10.9% in the 2013 election.

The centrist party Bright Future (Björt Framtíð) has 7.4% support (8.2% in 2013), the newly founded conservative pro-EU party Viðreisn (Restoration) enjoys a 6.6% support and The Social Democratic Alliance (Samfylkingin) has 6.5% share of the support (12.9% in 2013). 

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