Iceland elects a female majority in the European Parliament


Iceland Update

Iceland became the first country in Europe to elect a majority of female parliamentarians, because the Nordic island joined the ranks of Rwanda and Cuba, and there were more women than men in the top political ranks of the country.

The Icelandic Parliament will have 33 female members and 30 male members. The election will bring success to the ruling center-right party, but weaken the center-left group of Prime Minister Katrine Jacobsdottir.

“From a historical and international perspective, the most important news is that for the first time women have a majority in the Icelandic parliament, and for the first time in Europe. This is good news,” said Icelandic President Goodney Johannesen.

According to statistics, the only countries in the world with a majority of seats in women’s parliaments are Rwanda-where female parliamentarians account for a record 61%-and Cuba. World Bank dataThe Inter-Parliamentary Union included Nicaragua on the list.

Sweden is the highest country in Europe with 47%, and the percentage of women in the former Parliament of Iceland is 38%.Iceland has won the ranking of the most gender-equal countries in the world in the past 12 years, according to World Economic Forum.

However, the fate of the Icelandic female prime minister is in balance after her left-wing Green Party performed the worst of the three ruling parties, even though Left and right alliance Won the majority of seats.

The winner of the election is the center-right Independence Party, which is the traditional ruling party led by Icelandic Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson. Ranked first with 16 seats, the same as in 2017; The Rural Progressive Party won 5 seats, bringing the total to 13, led by former Prime Minister Sigurdur Johansson. The left-wing Green Party has eight seats after losing three, while other left-wing parties are struggling.

The current Icelandic government has to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic and its Impact on tourism, Has developed into the island’s largest industry in the past ten years.

This island with a population of 370,000 has become accustomed to the cycle of prosperity and depression, and can withstand the current health and economic crisis better than the financial crisis that occurred when the three major banks failed in 2008. But it is still the only Nordic country whose economy has not returned to pre-pandemic levels.

On the eve of the election, the Left and Right Alliance passed quickly Privatization Islandsbanki is the second successor to the three upcoming banks.

Jacobs Dottir said on Sunday that the three ruling parties are likely to continue to hold talks. Johannesen said that he will not authorize any political party to form a government, but will first wait for the party in power to negotiate.

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