October 21, 2021

First Parliament in World: Iceland elects more women lawmakers than men

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First Parliament in World: Iceland elects more women lawmakers than men

For the first time in European politics, there are now more women lawmakers in Iceland’s parliament than men.

As many as 33 women have been elected to the 63-seat parliament, Icelandic public broadcaster RUV confirmed.

Iceland is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean and the most sparsely populated country in Europe.

Iceland’s ruling coalition retained majority in Saturday elections even as Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir’s party suffered losses, final results showed.

However, it remains to be seen if the three-party coalition that governed the Island nation for the past four years will stick together. They said before the election that they would enter negotiations if they held on to their majority.

With all votes counted, Jakobsdottir’s Left-Green Movement, the agrarian center-right Progressive Party, and the conservative Independence Party held 37 of the 63 seats in parliament.

Jakobsdottir led the first government that completed a full term after a decade of crisis.

The capital and largest city is Reykjavík. Reykjavík and the surrounding areas in the southwest of the country are home to over two-thirds of the population. Iceland is the only part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that rises above sea-level.

The island nation held elections five times between 2007 and 2017 because of a series of scandals and deepening mistrust of politicians.

Although the prime minister herself has not lost popularity, but her party has been gradually losing support.

As many as eight parties will enter Iceland’s 1,100-year-old parliament, the Althing, giving the parties other coalition options.

The prime minister’s Left-Green Movement lost three seats in parliament from the 11 it currently held.

“We will have to see how the governmental parties are doing together and how we are doing,” Jakobsdottir told AFP.

Led by Bjarni Benediktsson, who currently holds the post of finance minister, is vying for the post of prime minister.

According to NPR the country is now at the top of the list of governments with a high percentage of representation by women. The country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs called Iceland the “most equal Parliament in the world” without a quota system.

Iceland’s claim of electing Europe’s first female-majority legislature was retracted due to a miscalculation after the centrist ruling coalition added to its majority.

Another report said that data showed that some 33 of 63 seats in Iceland’s parliament, the Althingi, were won by women in Saturday’s ballot, it later emerged that a handful of votes had been miscounted, affecting the distribution of so-called “compensatory” seats, according to public broadcaster RUV, which communicates election results in an official role. This means there will be 33 men and 30 women in parliament.

(Monitoring Desk)