Iceland will finally have a male-dominated parliament, according to election counts – .

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Thirty women were elected to the 63-seat parliament in Saturday’s election, up from 24 in the previous vote. Earlier results before the count on Sunday night had shown that 33 women had been elected.

The National Election Commission did not publish the results on its website and could not be immediately reached for comment.

Only three countries – Rwanda, Cuba and Nicaragua – have more women than men in parliament, while Mexico and the United Arab Emirates have a 50/50 split, according to IPU data.

In Europe, Sweden and Finland respectively have 47% and 46% representation of women in parliament.

Iceland, a North Atlantic island of 371,000 people, was ranked the most equal country in the world for the 12th consecutive year in a World Economic Forum (WEF) report released in March.
Opinion polls had predicted that the ruling coalition would not win a majority, but an increase in support for the center-right Progressive Party, which won five more seats than in 2017, brought the total to the 37-seat coalition, according to RUV.

Members of the current government, which consists of Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir’s Left-Green Movement, the Conservative Independence Party and the Progressive Party, said ahead of the elections that they would negotiate further cooperation s they held their majority.

President Gudni Johannesson has said he will not give any party a mandate to form a new government, but will wait for coalition talks between the three parties.

The Independence Party remained the largest in parliament with 16 seats, unchanged from the last election. Party leader and former Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson said he was optimistic the three parties could form a coalition and that he would not demand that he lead a new government, RUV reported.

The Left-Green Movement won eight seats, up from 11 in the 2017 elections, although two parliamentarians left the party shortly after the last elections.

This story has been updated.


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