Independence party on course to remain largest in parliament but loses five of 21 seats, potentially paving way for left-leaning coalition

Iceland’s centre-right parties appear to have lost their majority after a tight election that could usher in only the second left-of-centre government in the country’s modern history.

With more than 70% of votes counted following the Nordic island’s second snap poll in a year, the Independence party of the scandal-plagued outgoing prime minister, Bjarni Benediktsson, was on course to remain parliament’s largest.

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