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Iceland's government cling on to power with one-seat majority

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Iceland's government cling on to power with one-seat majority

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Iceland’s ruling coalition appears to have held onto its parliamentary majority by a single seat in this weekend’s general election.

Prime Minister Geir Haarde’s Independence Party won 25 seats, a 3 seat improvement, but its coalition partner, the Progressive Party, was five seats down and may now opt to step back from government, leaving a slot open for the Social Democrats.

The election in Iceland was seen as a battle between economic development and environmental issues.

Industry is booming but the Greens and the Social Democrats are wary of the impact on the island and want development stopped while the long term consequences are assessed.

The Greens did make the biggest advance, expected to end up with 9 of the 63 seats in Parliament.