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Outcome unclear after first results in Iceland election

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By Tokunbo Salako
Outcome unclear after first results in Iceland election

<p>It is still unclear who will be running the government in Iceland after the Nordic island’s second snap election within a year.</p> <p>Despite some apparent losses, the main centre-right Independence Party, which has dominated Iceland’s politics for decades, looks set to remain the biggest.</p> <p>But it is far from sure that Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson will be able to form a coalition.</p> <p>First results early on Sunday morning indicate that a left-leaning alliance could form a narrow majority in parliament.</p> <p><br /> </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Iceland may join New Zealand in electing a young, female, left-wing PM <a href="https://t.co/tP4NZiXtCi">https://t.co/tP4NZiXtCi</a> <a href="https://t.co/syRY8XATAO">pic.twitter.com/syRY8XATAO</a></p>— Bloomberg (@business) <a href="https://twitter.com/business/status/924521425603584000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">29 octobre 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><br /> </p> <p>Benediktsson called the snap poll in September after less than a year in government amid a scandal over his father’s written intervention on behalf of a paedophile.</p> <p>The previous government was defeated last year amid a tax haven scandal linked to the so-called Panama Papers.</p> <p><br /> </p> <p><em>with Reuters</em></p>