Ice­land heads to coali­tion talks

The Daily Courier - - WORLD -

REYK­JAVIK, Ice­land — Ice­land’s rul­ing In­de­pen­dence Party took the largest share of the vote in the is­land na­tion’s par­lia­men­tary elec­tion but faces dif­fi­cult ne­go­ti­a­tions to form a new gov­ern­ment af­ter pop­ulist can­di­dates showed un­ex­pected strength.

A record eight par­ties won seats in Satur­day’s vote as the 2008 global fi­nan­cial cri­sis con­tin­ues to roil the is­land’s pol­i­tics.

De­spite top­ping the poll, the In­de­pen­dence Party saw its sup­port dip to 25 per cent. The three-party gov­ern­ing coali­tion lost a to­tal of 12 seats, leav­ing it 11 seats shy of a ma­jor­ity in par­lia­ment, known as the Althingi. The op­po­si­tion Left Green Move­ment fin­ished sec­ond with 17 per cent, de­spite pre­dic­tions it could win the elec­tion.

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