PM wants September election next year

24.07.2020 - 15:57
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Katrín Jakobsdóttir, prime minister of Iceland, says she is going to propose holding the next Alþingi election on 25th September 2021. The last election was on 28th October 2017 and the current coalition government was formed in its wake. That election was just one year after the previous one on 29th October 2016 and Iceland’s shortest-lived government to date.

Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn (the Independence Party), Viðreisn (the Reform Party), and Björt framtíð (Bright Future) formed a government in January 2017, but it was disbanded in September the same year and new elections were called for 28th October.

There has been some debate about when the next Alþingi election should be, with some calling for a return to standard summertime elections, while others want the government to serve a full four-year term until next October. There are currently eight parties in Alþingi, which is the highest number ever. 

Katrín has already informed coalition party leaders, the president, and opposition parties of her intended date for an election next September.

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