Iceland’s coalition government poised to win majority

Early results revealed that Iceland’s left-right coalition government was on track to gain a majority in Saturday’s general election, despite Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir’s Left-Green Movement losing ground to her right-wing colleagues.

With about a third of the votes counted, the three coalition parties were credited with 38 of the 63 seats in parliament. However, it was unclear if they would agree to continue to govern together after the election.
With over a third of the votes counted, Jakobsdottir’s Left-Green Movement, the conservative Independence Party, and the center-right Progressive Party were credited with 41 of the 63 seats in parliament, up from 33 earlier.

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The Left-Green Movement, on the other hand, was regarded as losing ground to its right-wing allies, casting doubt on Jakobsdottir’s future as prime minister – and the coalition as a whole.

However, after all, ballots were counted later on Sunday, a clear picture of the political environment was likely to emerge.

In Iceland’s nearly 1,100-year-old parliament, the Althing, eight parties are projected to win seats.

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