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After Vote Triggered by Scandal, Iceland's Future Is Unclear

  • Premier’s conservative group emerges weakened after election
  • Vote opens up for potential center-left coalition government
Katrin Jakobsdottir

Katrin Jakobsdottir

Photographer: Halldor Kolbeins/AFP/Getty Images
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Iceland’s weekend election has left the country with no clear political future as the arrival of several new parties in parliament spells drawn-out coalition talks and no obvious outcome.

“If I am completely honest, I don’t know what to expect,” Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson told local television RUV after meeting with the president. His Independence Party won the most votes, but saw its support considerably eroded as voters turned to smaller parties in protest.