- Title: ICELAND: PRIME MINISTER HAFSTEIN VOTES IN GENERAL ELECTION.
- Date: 13th June 1971
- Summary: 1. LS, MS and various shots election posters and banners in Reykjavik (11 shots) 0.16 2. SV People's Party candidate on bicycle makes party salute to women on park bench 0.29 3. CU Candidate making party salute 0.30 4. MCS Two women return salute 0.34 5. MS INTERIOR polling booth PAN FROM officials to Prime Minister and wife receiving papers and going to booth to vote 0.46 6. MCS Officials 0.50 7. MS Prime Minister and wife place votes into ballot box 0.58 Initials OS/312 OS/330 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 28th June 1971 13:00
- Location: REYKJAVIK, ICELAND
- Country: Iceland
- Reuters ID: LVAF109IVFF2VQMEJRVGEHYTXHAP
- Story Text: Icelanders went to the polls today (Sunday) at the climax of a keenly fought general election campaign. Their assembly, the 60-seat Althing, is the world's oldest parliament. For the past 12 years, a coalition government of the Conservative Independence Party and the Social Democratic Party has held office -- during the last session with a slender majority of two.
With his political future very much at stake, outgoing Prime Minister Johann Hafstein was among the first voters in the capital, Reykjavik.
SYNOPSIS: Political posters in Reykjavik, the Icelandic capital, attests to a keenly fought general election campaign. It reached its climax on Sunday when Icelanders voted to decide the composition of their assembly, the sixty-seat Althing, which can proudly boast to be the world's oldest parliament. With half a dozen parties contesting the election, a special sign language has developed between candidates and supporters. The "O" sign marks out the Zero Party, an anarchist student movement.
Prime Minister Johann Hafstein, his political future in the balance, voted early with his wife in Reykjavik. His coalition government, formed by the Conservative Independence and the Social Democratic Parties, has held power for twelve years -- recently with a two seat majority. The Progressives and the Communists, the main opposition, are contesting the election on sweeping plans to boost Iceland's key fishing industry.
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