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Voters go for change and lean towards the Left in general election

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By Euronews
Voters go for change and lean towards the Left in general election

<p>Iceland’s ruling centre-right parties under Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson have lost their majority opening up the posibilty of left-leaning Katrin Jakobsdottir taking over.</p> <p>Iceland’s president is expected to call on the eight parties which have won seats in the 63-member parliament to see who can pull a coalition together.</p> <p>Normally he would call on the party with the most seats which would be Benediktsson’s Independence Party <br /> but the Left-Green movement says they deserve a chance.</p> <p>The new kid on the bloc the Centre Party which was only formed in September by former Prime Minister Gunnlaugsson surprised many by winning 11 seats and could put his in the role of kingmaker.</p> <p>Polls heading into the election showed nearly half of voters would like to see Jakobsdottir as their next prime minister. If she does get the opportunity it will be only the second time Iceland has had a centre-left coalition since it won independence from Denmark in 1944.</p> <p>The Left-Greens have pledged to fund increase in public health care and education by raising taxes.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Iceland leans toward leftist government in snap election <a href="https://t.co/O3sHceBuP1">https://t.co/O3sHceBuP1</a></p>— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) <a href="https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/924601445986512898?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 29, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <h3>Results</h3> <p>The Independence Party: 25.2 percent or 16 MPs</p> <p>Left-Green Movement: 16.9 percent or 11 MPs</p> <p>The Social Democratic Alliance: 12.1 percent or 7 MPs</p> <p>The Center Party: 10.9 percent or 7 MPs</p> <p>The Progressive Party: 10.7 percent or 8 MPs</p> <p>The Pirate Party: 9.2 percent or 6 MPs</p> <p>The People’s Party: 6.9 percent or 4 MPs</p> <p>Reform Party: 6.7 percent or 4 MPs</p> <p>Other parties did not achieve the 5 percent voter support needed to be represented in Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament.</p>