From Iceland — Final Results from City Elections

Final Results from City Elections

Published May 30, 2010

The final results of Reykjavík city elections are in. Of a possible 15 seats on city council, Jón Gnarr’s Best Party has won six, the Independence Party won five, the Social Democrats won three, and the Leftist-Greens won one.
There was only a difference of 660 votes between the conservatives and Best Party, but this gave the latter the edge to get an extra man in. At the moment, the Best Party is currently in a meeting to decide what the next step is going to be.
Former mayor Hanna Birna Kristjándóttir was more than happy to point out the victories her party made in well-established conservative strongholds throughout the country, although the party took its shares of damages as well, such as in Reykjavík. The Social Democrats also got hit pretty hard, nationally speaking. The Leftist-Greens more or less held onto their own, but lost a seat in the capital. The Progressives fared worst of all in the capital area, only managing to get one of theirs in town council in Kópavogur and Álftanes.
Gnarr isn’t yet giving away who he intends to form a majority coalition with, but has said he’s willing to work with everybody. Social Democrat Dagur B. Eggertsson said that it would be a long shot working with the Independence Party, and Hanna Birna said that while her party could conceivably form a coalition with the Social Dems to form a majority, that wouldn’t necessarily be in harmony with the will of the voters.
Talks on forming a majority, or an announcement of what form that majority will take, are still pending.

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