Result expected on Sunday but efforts to form coalition in scandal-hit parliament could take weeks

Icelanders voted in a close general election on Saturday marked by deep distrust of the scandal-hit political class despite a thriving economy, with the left hoping to oust the conservative prime minister Bjarni Benediktsson.

Polls closed at 9pm local time (10pm GMT) with the final results not expected until Sunday morning. But efforts to form a coalition government could take days, weeks or even months, as nine parties battle for seats in the 63-seat parliament.

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