Dögun – a new political beginning

ICELAND One week ago a new party entered the political scene on Iceland. Dögun, which means dawn, is the name of the party that will be an alliance of many of the smaller parties on Iceland.

By Sajeev Shankar

One of the current parliamentarians who has joined the new party is Margrét Tryggvadóttir from the party The Movement. She says that the smaller parties will continue to exsist within Dögun.

“We(the small parties) mostly have the same agenda. It just seems like the natural thing to do because we will be stronger together, she says.

On Iceland a party needs to obtain at least 5 percent of the votes to get into parliament, and that has played a part in the decision to form a new party Margrét Tryggvadóttir says.

“If we are going to have seven new small parties, the voters will get scatered, and maybe no one will get in. But of course this is first and foremost about issues. And we agree on the issues, so why not work together,” she says.

The logo of the new  Icelandic party Dögun.

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