Icelandic voters give center-left opposition narrow win in parliament

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Leaders of Iceland's political parties appear on the national television in Reykjavik
(L-R) Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, former Prime Minister and the leader of the Centre Party, Katrin Jakobsdottir, the leader of the Left-Green Movement, Bjarni Benediktsson, Prime Minister and the leader of the Independence party, Hrafn Gunnarsson, one of the Pirate Party leaders and Inga Saeland, the leader of The People’s Party appear on the national television during the election night Reykjavik, Iceland, October 29, 2017. REUTERS/Geirix

October 29, 2017

(Reuters) – Icelanders voted in favor of a left-leaning four-party coalition in parliamentary elections, a final vote count showed Sunday, although it remained unclear who would get a mandate to form the next government.

The left-leaning coalition of the Left-Green Movement, the Social Democrats, the Progressive Party and the Pirate Party won 32 seats in the 63-member parliament, the narrowest possible majority, polls published by state broadcaster RUV showed.

The Independence Party, led by incumbent Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson, remained the biggest party with 25 percent of the votes but suffered a setback.

It was clear that the vote meant the ousting of his center-right government after a scandal involving the prime minister’s father.

President Gudni Johannesson has yet to hand the mandate to the party that will be tasked with forming the next government. The president normally gives the mandate to the head of the biggest party.

(Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen in Copenhagen; editing by Jason Neely)

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