Iceland PM hit by Panama wins snap election

Reykjavik

Iceland’s conservative prime minister came out on top in a snap election despite a string of scandals, final results confirmed Sunday, but it remained unclear whether he will be able to form a viable coalition.
PM Bjarni Benediktsson, 47, was accused named last year in the “Panama Papers” worldwide tax-evasion leaks. He has also been accused of wrongdoing during Iceland s financial collapse in 2008.
His Independence Party, however, beat its rivals in Saturday s election, according to final results published on Sunday, although no party came near to winning a majority in parliament.
The Independence Party won 16 seats in the 63-seat parliament. Turnout was 81 percent.
It could now take days, weeks or even months before Iceland has a new government in place as thorny coalition negotiations await.
Benediktsson s challenge comes from the Left Green Movement and its potential allies, the Social Democratic Alliance and the anti-establishment Pirate Party. The Left-Green Movement came in second with 11 seats, the Social Democratic Alliance with seven seats, and the Pirates with six seats.—AFP

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