Parliamentary Election 2019

Conservative opposition wins big in Saturday’s elections – but all hope is not lost for governing parties

The centre-left coalition in the Faroese Parliament has lost its combined majority amid an increase in support for conservative, right-wing parties.

That is clear after last nights parliamentary elections.

Governing parties Javnaðarflokkurin (The Social Democratic Party) and Tjóðveldi (The Republican Party) lost one seat each, while opposition party Fólkaflokkurin (The Peoples Party) gained two seats. Fellow opposition party Sambandsflokkurin (The Union Party) gained one seat.

All 33 seats in the Løgting (The Faroese parliament) were contested.

However, all hope is not lost for the current governing parties, who can still remain in power if they somehow manage to strike a deal with Miðflokkurin (The Centre Party), a Christian-democratic, conservative party.

Javnaðarflokkurin, Tjóðveldi and Miðflokkurin formed a coalition in February, 2008. However, that coalition was short-lived and did not last the year.

Miðflokkurin (The Centre Party) and Framsókn (Progress) retained their two seats in the parliament, while Sjálvstýri (The Self-Government Party) lost one of its two seats.

Voter turnout was 88.0 percent.

Election results 2019:
– Fólkaflokkurin (The Peoples Party), 24.5 percent, 8 seats – Opposition, conservative/right-wing
– Sambandsflokkurin (The Union Party), 20.3 percent, 7 seats – Opposition, conservative/unionist
– Javnaðarflokkurin (The Social Democratic Party), 22.1 percent, 7 seats – Government, left-wing
– Sjálvstýri (The Self-Government Party), 3.4 percent, 1 seat – Opposition, conservative/centre
– Tjóðveldi (The Republican Party), 18.1 percent, 6 seats – Government, left-wing/secessionist
– Framsókn (Progress), 4.6 percent, 2 seats – Government, liberal/right-wing
– Miðflokkurin (The Centre Party), 5.4 percent, 2 seats – Opposition, Christian conservative/centre
– Framtakið fyri rættinum at velja kannabis (The Cannabis Party), 0.9 percent, 0 seat – New party
– Føroyaflokkurin (The Faroese Party), 0.5 percent, 0 seat – New party

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