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Pro-Denmark Union Party plunges to historical low following Laksáfoss’s bittersweet moment of “au revoir”

The Union Party (Sambandsflokkurin) is at its lowest ebb since 1974 following Magni Laksáfoss’s shock decision to quit the party.

The 33-seat Faroese parliament now only includes five Unionist MP’s, the joint lowest in the long history of the 112-year-old party.

The last time The Union Party only had five MP’s was back in 1974 when the Faroese parliament consisted of 26 MP’s.

Union Party MP’s 2015-1974:

2015: 6
2011: 8
2008: 7
2004: 7
2002: 8
1998: 6
1994: 8
1990: 6
1988: 7
1984: 7
1980: 8
1978: 8
1974: 5

The Union Party is a conservative-liberal and agrarian political party. The party wants to maintain the Faroe Islands union with Denmark. On 24 October 2015 Bárður á Steig Nielsen succeeded Kaj Leo Holm Johannesen, the former Faroese Prime Minister, as party leader following the country’s general election earlier that year.

In the elections in 2008, the party won 21.0% of the popular vote and 7 out of 33 seats. After having been in the opposition for a short interval after the elections, the Union Party formed a new government in September 2008, and Kaj Leo Johannesen became prime minister.

In the Danish parliamentary elections of 2007, the party received 23.5% of the Faroese vote, thereby gaining one of the two Faroese seats in the Parliament of Denmark.

At the general elections in 2011 the party gained 24.7% of the votes and 8 seats out of 33. However, on 10 February 2014 the party gained one more seat in the Løgting (the Faroese parliament), after Gerhard Lognberg who was elected to the parliament representing the Social Democratic Party, joined the Union Party. This happened three months after Lognberg had been expelled from the Social Democratic Party due to some disagreements, making the Union Party the joint biggest party of the Faroese parliament, along with the People’s Party (Fólkaflokkurin).

Picture: Bárður á Steig Nielsen, current party leader of The Union Party
Image credits: Portal.fo

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