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Katrin Jakobsdottir, leader of Iceland's Left-Green Movement, speaks to a member of the media after casting her ballot during the general election, Reykjavik, Oct. 28, 2017 (AP photo by Brynjar Gunnarsson).

An Unlikely Coalition of the Left, Right and Center Appears Set to Govern Iceland

Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

On Nov. 2, Iceland’s president, Gudni Johannesson, asked the leader of the Left-Green Movement, Katrin Jakobsdottir, to form a government, even though the party came in second to the incumbent Independence Party in parliamentary elections late last month. After a first attempt at forming a coalition government failed, Jakobsdottir has now entered into talks with the centrist Progressive Party and the conservative Independence Party, which led the previous coalition government. In an email interview, Olafur Th. Hardarson, a professor of political science specializing in Icelandic elections at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik, discusses the election results, the coalition talks and if this unlikely political alliance could survive.

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