- Iceland holds common election on Saturday
- A document 9 events may enter parliament, polls present
- It will make it troublesome to type a brand new authorities
- Most essential subjects are healthcare and local weather change
COPENHAGEN, Sept 25 (EuroJournal) – Icelanders vote on Saturday in an election that would have a messy end result with a document 9 events more likely to enter parliament, making it troublesome to seek out widespread floor on subjects like local weather change and healthcare.
The North Atlantic island of 371,000 residents has seen a interval of stability since 2017 beneath the ruling left-right coalition, after years of political scandals and mistrust of politicians following the 2008 monetary disaster.
The present authorities coalition led by Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir’s Left-Inexperienced Motion received its mandate on a promise to safe stability after Icelanders went to polls 5 occasions from 2007 to 2017.
In 2017, the Left-Greens, who name themselves a “radical left wing get together,” teamed up with unlikely companions – the pro-business Independence Occasion and the centre-right Progressive Occasion – to the anger of some within the get together grassroots.
Whereas Jakobsdóttir stays standard, polls recommend her get together will lose assist, marking the top of her coalition. Help for the Independence Occasion, Iceland’s largest get together, can also be declining, however the election outcome should give former Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson a mandate to type a brand new authorities.
A shattered political panorama will make it troublesome to type a brand new authorities, however Jakobsdóttir might search a coalition with different left-wing events that opinion polls recommend will achieve assist.
“If we get a such a authorities, we’re going to see some modifications in terms of taxation of the wealthy, and environmental questions are going to be extra essential,” stated Baldvin Bergsson, political analyst at broadcaster RUV.
Local weather change is a crucial subject for Icelanders, who prefer to name their nation the “Land of Fireplace and Ice” due to its other-worldly panorama of volcanoes and glaciers used within the HBO TV sequence “Sport of Thrones”.
Iceland has already pledged to attain carbon neutrality by 2040, properly forward of most different European nations, however particularly youthful voters are pushing for even bolder steps.
Left-wing events are additionally calling for extra authorities spending on healthcare, which has been crucial matter within the election.
Profitable weathering of the pandemic and the lifting of coronavirus restrictions has reopened borders, offering a wanted increase to the important tourism sector, which attracted some 2 million international guests in 2019.
“The pandemic was an enormous blow to the essential tourism business,” stated Stefania Oskarsdottir, a political scientist at College of Iceland, including that top public spending has fuelled optimism.
“Regardless of popping out of a deep recession, the typical Icelander feels that these are good occasions,” she stated.
Polls open at 0900 GMT on Saturday and shut at 2200 GMT, with a closing outcome anticipated on Sunday morning.
Reporting by Stine Jacobsen and Jacob Grønholt-Pedersen
Modifying by Frances Kerry
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