In the parliamentary elections in Iceland, despite the loss of the party of Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir, a majority of the previous government coalition is emerging. The first partial results from individual Icelandic regions on Sunday night indicated that the green left-wing Jakobsdottir movement lost several percentage points, while its smallest ally, the liberal Peasant Progress Party, could gain.
The strongest force is likely to be the conservative Independence Party led by former Finance Minister and Prime Minister Bjarne Benedictson, which is also part of the coalition. The Icelandic Parliament Althing – one of the oldest parliaments in the world – has 63 seats. 32 are necessary for the majority. The final outcome of the election should only be clear on Sunday morning.
Jakobsdottir rules the North Atlantic island of Iceland with a population of about 360,000 for four years. After the last parliamentary elections in 2017, the leader of the Green Left Party formed an extraordinary coalition across the political center with the Independence Party and the Progress Party. And opinion polls have indicated in advance that it could be a tough situation with these three parties having a rolling majority.
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