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Liberal Party
Frjálslyndi flokkurinn
Chairperson Sigurjón Þórðarson
Vice-chairperson Ásta Hafberg
Founded 28, 1998 (1998-11-28)
Merger of New Force
Split from Independence Party
Headquarters Lyngháls 3,
110 Reykjavík
Ideology Template:Ubl
Political position Centre-right[1]
Colours Blue, White
Seats in the parliament Template:Composition bar
Website
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The Liberal Party (Frjálslyndi flokkurinn) is a centre-right conservative liberal political party in Iceland. It has no seats in the Althing, having lost its four seats at the 2009 election.

The Liberal Party was founded by former Independence Party MP Sverrir Hermannsson in 1998. It was founded primarily in opposition to the fishing quota, and became a protest vote.[2] In the following year's election, the party won two seats out of 63. This climbed to four in 2003: a level that was maintained at the 2007 election. However, the party lost all its parliamentary representation in 2009, after a financial crisis hit the country.

The party is a strong supporter of the free market, against subsidies and monopolies, and in favour of civil liberties.[2] It is oriented particularly towards the fishing industry.[3] The party chairman is Sigurjón Þórðarson.

History Edit

The Liberal Party was founded by Sverrir Hermannsson, a former MP of the Independence Party and CEO of Landsbanki, in November 1998.

In 2006/7, the minor New Force party merged into the Liberal Party, which caused the prominent Liberal Party member Margrét Sverrisdóttir to leave the party and join the Icelandic Movement - Living Land, threatening to split the Liberal Party.[4][5]

The party has, before the 2007 parliament elections, moved from being primarily focused on issues of fishing quotas and small fishing communities toward immigration. It is the only political party in Iceland that supports strict restrictions on immigration, and consequently the party has been accused of xenophobia.Template:Citation needed The party conducted a members' poll in January 2009 in order to determine its EU stance. The outcome was against EU-accession of Iceland. The party supports strict neutrality.

In February 2009, two of the Liberal Party's parliamentarians left the party; Jón Magnússon joined the Independence Party and Kristinn H. Gunnarsson joined the Progressive Party.

Ideology Edit

Fishing quotas Edit

Privatisation Edit

Immigration Edit

The Liberal Party of Iceland is against unrestricted immigration and wishes to tighten these laws.Template:Citation needed

Foreign policyEdit

Template:See also The Liberal Party is against the idea of Iceland joining the European Union. The party's stance was decided in a party members' poll which was conducted in December 2008. The question was: Should Iceland seek EU-membership?. The results were published in January 2009 with 51.6% being against EU-accession, 34.8% in favour and 9.5% undecided.[6]

The party supports Iceland's membership of NATO, but was firmly opposed to the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Election results Edit

Election Votes Vote % Seats Place
1999 6,919 Template:Steady 4.2 Template:Steady Template:Composition bar 5th Template:Steady
2003 13,523 Template:Increase 7.4 Template:Increase Template:Composition bar 5th Template:Steady
2007 13,233 Template:Decrease 7.3 Template:Decrease Template:Composition bar 5th Template:Steady
2009 4,148 Template:Decrease 2.2 Template:Decrease Template:Composition bar 6th Template:Decrease

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