Women didn’t make it after all in Iceland

Women didn’t make it after all in Iceland

For some hours, Iceland looked as the first European country with a women majority in the parliament but after a recount, the country lost this honour. Of the parliaments 63 MPs, 30 will be women. The first result showed 33 women but some regional re-count meant three women less in the parliament.

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. The public service broadcaster Ríkisútvarpið reported. This means the parliament will have 33 men and 30 women.

The three parties in the last government boost their majority in parliament and hold 37 of 63 seats.

The coalition government has been headed by Katrin Jakobsdottir from the Vinstri grænir (the Left Greens). Her party lost seats and she told media government discussions will be complicated. They are expected to start Monday.

The World Economic Forum has for the 12th year ranked Iceland as the world’s most gender-equal country.

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The world’s first democratically elected president was Islandic. In 1980, the country elected Vigdis Finnbogadottir to be its president – a position she held for 16 years.

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