Iceland's Pirate Party poised to form a government after election stalemate

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Iceland’s anti-establishment Pirate Party may be asked to form a government after the country’s two largest political parties abandoned their attempts to form a coalition.

The Left-Green’s leader Katrin Jakobsdottir said she would give up on talks with four other parties and hand back the mandate given to her by Iceland’s President Gudni Johannesson last week. 

The proposed centre-left alliance has reportedly broken down over disagreements relating to health and education.

The stalemate follows the resignation of Iceland’s Prime Minister, Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson, who stepped down after his centre-right Progressive Party saw its number of parliamentary seats and share of the vote halved in the general election of October 29. 

The centre-right Independence Party came out top in the poll, with the Left-Greens emerging as Iceland’s second-largest party. 

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