Republic (Faroe Islands)


Republic (Faroe Islands)

Infobox_Political_Party
party_name = Republican Party
party_
colorcode = green
leader = Høgni Hoydal
foundation = 1948
headquarters =
ideology = Separatism, Left-wing
international = None
website = http://www.tjodveldi.fo/
The Republic ( _fo. Tjóðveldi, also known as the Republican Party) is a left-of-centre political party in the Faroe Islands committed to Faroese independence. It was founded in 1948 as a reaction to independence not being proclaimed after a public vote on the matter showed a marginal majority for it in 1946.

In 1998 Høgni Hoydal succeeded Heini O. Heinesen as party leader. Høgni Hoydal represents the Republican party in both the Danish and Faroese parliaments.

At the legislative elections, held on 20 January 2004, the party won 21.7% of the popular vote and 8 out of 32 seats. However, after the passing of an amendment adding the phrase 'sexual orientation' to paragraph 266b of the Anti-Discrimination Act, MP Karsten Hansen announced that he was leaving the party owing to a difference in opinion. He later joined the Centre Party.

At the elections on 19 January 2008, the party won 23.3% of the vote and 8 out of 33 seats.

In 2007, the party changed its name from "Tjóðveldisflokkurin" to simply "Tjóðveldi" (i.e., from "Republican Party" to just "Republic").

In the Danish parliamentary elections of 2007, the party received 25.4% of the Faroese vote, thereby retaining one of the two Faroese seats in the Danish national Folketing.

External links

* [http://www.tjodveldi.fo/ Official site]


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