This is a video of a demonstration in Iceland against the previous conservative government.
From Associated Press:
Apr 25, 11:27 PM EDT
Early signs of win for Iceland’s left-wing parties
By HERDIS SIGURGRIMSDOTTIR
Associated Press Writer
REYKJAVIK — Iceland’s leftist government was headed Saturday for a strong victory in the country’s general election, a rejection of the pro-business Independence Party that ran the government last fall when the banking system failed, preliminary results show.
The two parties are part of a caretaker government that took office in February after public protests about Iceland’s economic collapse toppled the previous conservative administration. The left-wing coalition is led by interim Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir.
The results are an overwhelming rejection of the conservative Independence Party. For the first time in the party’s 70 years history it is not the largest party in the parliament.
Sigurdardottir was in an upbeat mood at the election party.
“The nation is settling the score with the neoliberalism, with the Independence Party, who have been in power for much too long,” she told supporters. “The people are calling for a change of ethics. That is why they have voted for us.” …
The Social Democratic Alliance has won 22 seats in parliament with 33 percent of the votes counted, while the Left Green Movement has 13 seats with 19.9 percent of votes, early results show. The Independence Party has 15 seats with 22.5 percent of votes.
The centrist Progressive Party has nine seats with 12.8 percent of votes and the Citizens Movement has four seats with 8.2 percent of the vote. Around 38 percent of all votes have been counted so far.
The global financial crisis washed up hard on the shores of this volcanic island of 320,000 people. After racking up massive debts during years of laissez-faire economic regulation and rapid expansion, the country’s three main banks collapsed within the space of a week in October.
The government sought a $10 billion International Monetary Fund-led bailout and the country’s currency, the krona, has plummeted.
Unemployment and inflation have spiraled and the IMF has predicted that the economy will shrink by about 10 percent in 2009, which would be Iceland’s biggest slump since it won full independence from Denmark in 1944.
Iceland’s election commission announced the early results Saturday night shortly after polls closed around the country.
Update, also from Associated Press:
REYKJAVIK, Iceland — Official results from Iceland’s general elections show the Social Democrats won the most votes.
The results released Sunday give the Social Democratic Party a plurality with more than 30 percent. The Left-Green Movement received more than 21 percent of the ballot.
The two parties say they will form a coalition government.
The official results are based on 97.9 percent of the votes cast in Saturday’s elections, with five constituencies still counting ballots.
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