Færslur: Election 2021

Keys, roles, and directorates swap between ministers
Many directorates, agencies, and projects are swapping between ministries following the announcement of Iceland’s new coalition government yesterday—though the names of the ministries are remaining unchanged until Alþingi approves the government’s new division of labour among 12 ministries.
29.11.2021 - 14:11
Iceland has new government
The three parties in Iceland's ruling coalition yesterday announced a new agreement that sees the same parties remain in office. There are now a record-equalling 12 ministries, two brand-new ministers, and major changes within the rest of the cabinet.
29.11.2021 - 11:22
Opinion split on final election resolution
The preparatory parliamentary credentials committee presented its conclusions to Alþingi at its official opening yesterday and the preparatory committee’s members were then voted onto the committee proper. The committee is divided on what to do about the disputed vote count and re-count in Northwest Iceland, but a majority believe the re-count result should stand. The final decision lies with Alþingi, in a vote tomorrow.
24.11.2021 - 11:16
Political paralysis to end on Tuesday
Alþingi will convene for the first time since this autumn’s election on Tuesday, the 23rd November. Following the ceremonial opening of parliament, members will elect a parliamentary credentials committee and the preparatory parliamentary credentials committee will present its findings.
18.11.2021 - 11:28
Alþingi committee is still deep in discussion
It is expected that the preparatory parliamentary credentials committee will carry on meeting throughout this week, according to its chair, Birgir Ármannsson. The committee had hoped to reveal its findings this past weekend, but is nevertheless progressing well, he says. Most of the evidence being compiled is intended to shine a light on what happened during the count and recount in Northwest Iceland, following the 25th September Alþingi election.
08.11.2021 - 14:14
Politics rumbles on as investigation continues
There have been various political headlines this week, even though Alþingi has yet to reconvene after the 25th September election. Investigation into the vote count and recount in the northwest continues apace. Here is a summary:
29.10.2021 - 11:23
No new government before committee decision
Prime minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir says it is clear Alþingi will not assemble before the preparatory parliamentary credentials committee finishes work, and that it is very unlikely a new government and new coalition agreement will be formalised before Alþingi meets. She says negotiations between the three coalition party leaders are going well.
26.10.2021 - 15:59
Parties need to agree on the big issues
Eiríkur Bergmann, professor of political sciences, says political parties could be having a harder time finding compromises in coalition negotiations after the 25th September Alþingi election than they did four years ago. Big issues cannot be put to one side for another four years.
25.10.2021 - 15:57
Northwest voting uncertainty rumbles on
The inaccuracies in vote counting in Northwest Iceland following the 25th September Alþingi election, the recount the following day, and the time between the counts during which ballots were left unattended and unsealed, continue to generate headlines and the final outcome remains unclear. Here is a summary of recent developments:
21.10.2021 - 10:23
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Election investigation committee starts work
The preparatory committee investigating the issue of parliamentary credentials following several formal complaints challenging the vote count and recount in the Northwest Iceland constituency held an open meeting yesterday. The committee of MPs exists to prepare and pave the way for the final committee which will declare whether parliamentary credentials issued by the electoral commission are valid or not.
12.10.2021 - 10:13
The Week in Iceland, 11 October 2021
The weekly news programme from RÚV English: an entertaining look at what's been going on in Iceland over the past seven days.
11.10.2021 - 12:22
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Nine MPs prepare opinion on election validity
Nine MPs have been nominated to make up the preparatory committee that will investigate complaints about the execution of the 25th September Alþingi election.
04.10.2021 - 10:36
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Vote count mistakes mapped out
Ingi Tryggvason, chairman of the Northwest Iceland election supervision committee, wrote in his report to the national electoral commission that he regrets the mistakes that were made in the count and believes that the recount served to rectify the mistakes and that the outcome is correct.
30.09.2021 - 11:23
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No green light for northwest vote count
Kristín Edwald, leader of the national parliamentary elections committee, announced at the end of the committee’s meeting last night that no confirmation has been received from the Northwest Iceland election supervision committee that the handling of ballots and sensitive voting materials was in total accordance with the law. The national committee therefore passes the case to Alþingi, which, according to the constitution, must approve or reject the outcome of Alþingi elections.
29.09.2021 - 10:33
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No change in second recount
The recount of all votes in the South Iceland constituency ended just before midnight and the result from Saturday night’s first count was found to be correct. The allocation of vote share and parliamentary seats in the South therefore does not change.
28.09.2021 - 10:43
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South Iceland announces vote recount
The election supervision committee in the South Iceland constituency decided today to recount all votes from this Saturday’s Alþingi election. The news follows a recount in the Northwest yesterday that uncovered a small miscount that led to major nationwide changes in the allocation of equalisation seats.
27.09.2021 - 15:32
The Week in Iceland, 27 September 2021
The weekly news programme from RÚV English: an entertaining look at what's been going on in Iceland over the past seven days.
27.09.2021 - 12:33
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Women lose majority in Alþingi after recount
The recount of votes in Northwest Iceland has revealed a small miscount of votes that has a major impact on the allocation of the nine equalisation seats around the country, and means that Iceland is not the first European country with a female majority in parliament after all. The recount was called because there were so few votes separating the parties vying for the constituency’s one equalisation seat. The miscount and subsequent change then had a knock-on effect on the rest of the country.
26.09.2021 - 19:08
Election 2021
Katrín to lead female majority Alþingi?
[UPDATED. The headline is no longer valid. More details at end of article.] Iceland now has Europe’s first-ever female majority in parliament following yesterday’s election. 33 of the seats in Alþingi are now occupied by women, and 30 by men. Only Kuwait and Cuba have more female representation in parliament. In other news, Katrín Jakobsdóttir is in a strong position to remain prime minister despite losing votes, according to one prominent political scientist.
26.09.2021 - 16:36
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The final election result
[UPDATED] The final outcome of yesterday’s Alþingi election is now clear, following final figures from the northeast and southwest constituencies. The three parties in the last government boost their majority in parliament and hold 37 of 63 seats.
26.09.2021 - 10:19
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Progressive Party big winners with counting nearly over
Four out of six constituencies have announced their final vote counting results. The remaining two have announced several rounds of results and will confirm their final tallies soon. The outcome is a clear majority for the sitting government, and major gains for Framsóknarflokkurinn (the Progressive Party).
26.09.2021 - 09:20
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"Could be a long night"
Political psychologist Hulda Þórisdóttir spoke to RÚV English about the surprises of the evening so far and what it could all mean for the next four years.
26.09.2021 - 02:55
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Reform Party disappointed despite growth
Þorbjörg Sigríður Gunnlaugsdóttir, lead candidate for Viðreisn (the Reform Party) in Reykjavík North, says her party is performing worse than hoped for in early results, but that it is at least good to see the vote share go up slightly.
26.09.2021 - 01:40
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A great night for Progressives so far
With early results now in from all constituencies, the government looks set to hold its majority, though the numbers could still change. Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn (the Independence Party) and Framsókarflokkurinn (the Progressive Party) are both doing very well, and Flokkur fólksins (the People's Party) is the surprise of the evening so far.
26.09.2021 - 01:17
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"Left Greens open to work with anyone, if nation wants"
RÚV English election night coverage begins in central Reykjavík as the polls close. Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, lead candidate for Vinstri grænir (the Left Greens) in southwest Iceland is excited for the count and optimistic for the future.
25.09.2021 - 23:38