Iceland goes to the polls and prepares for complicated outcome

Icelanders vote on Saturday in an election that could have a messy outcome with a record nine parties likely to enter parliament, making it difficult to find common ground on topics like climate change and healthcare.

The North Atlantic island 의 371,000 citizens has seen a period of stability since 2017 under the ruling left-right coalition, after years of political scandals and distrust of politicians following the 2008 financial crisis.
The current government coalition led by Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir’s Left-Green Movement won its mandate on a promise to secure stability after Icelanders went to polls five times from 2007 ...에 2017.
    에 2017, the Left-Greens, who call themselves aradical left wing party,” teamed up with unlikely partnersthe pro-business Independence Party and the center-right Progressive Partyto the anger of some in the party grassroots.
      While Jakobsdóttir remains popular, polls suggest her party will lose support, marking the end of her coalition. Support for the Independence Party, Iceland’s biggest party, is also declining, but the election result may still give former Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson a mandate to form a new government.
        A shattered political landscape will make it difficult to form a new government, but Jakobsdóttir may seek a coalition with other left-wing parties that opinion polls suggest will gain support.
        If we get such a government, we are going to see some changes when it comes to taxation of the rich, and environmental questions are going to be more important,” said Baldvin Bergsson, political analyst at broadcaster RUV.
          기후 변화 is an important issue for Icelanders, who like to call their nation theLand of Fire and Icebecause of its other-worldly landscape of volcanoes and glaciers used in the HBO TV seriesGame of Thrones.
          Iceland has already pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, well ahead of most other European nations, but especially younger voters are pushing for even bolder steps.
          Left-wing parties are also calling for more government spending on healthcare, which has been the most important topic in the election.
          Successful weathering of the pandemic and the lifting of coronavirus restrictions has reopened borders, providing a needed boost to the vital tourism sector, which attracted some 2 million foreign visitors in 2019.
          The pandemic was a huge blow to the important tourism industry,” said Stefania Oskarsdottir, a political scientist at University of Iceland, adding that high public spending has fueled optimism.
            Despite coming out of a deep recession, the average Icelander feels that these are good times,” 그녀가 말했다.
            Polls open at 04:00 EST on Saturday and close at 17:00 EST with a final result expected on Sunday morning.

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