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Protest outside Iceland's parliament

Young Voter Turnout Low but Increasing

Voter turnout in the parliamentary election in October was lowest among 20-24 year-olds, or 65.7 percent, and highest among voters aged 65-90 years, or 90.2 percent, as stated in an analysis by Statistics Iceland, published in late December.

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson.

No One Given Mandate to Form Government

After Pirate Captain Birgitta Jónsdóttir returned the mandate to form a government yesterday afternoon, Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson sent out a statement to the press.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir

Make or Break for Five-Party Talks

Today, it will be determined whether the five parties currently considering forging a government coalition, will launch formal talks. The Pirate Party and Social Democrats have declared themselves willing to take the step, the other three parties remain undecided.

Puzzle

Government Puzzle Unsolved

Independence Party Leader Bjarni Benediktsson and Left-Green Leader Katrín Jakobsdóttir have decided not to start formal coalition negotiations.

Cocktail shaker set.

New Coalition Cocktail Being Mixed?

RÚV reports that Left-Green Movement Leader Katrín Jakobsdóttir and Independence Party Leader Bjarni Benediktsson have informed Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson that an agreement has been reached to look into the possibility of forming a coalition between these two parties.

Alþingishúsið

Is Three-Party Coalition Likely?

RÚV reported yesterday that the likelihood of a three-party center-right coalition of the Independence Party, the Reform Party and Bright Future had increased anew.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

Puzzle Where Pieces Don’t Fit

After the five-party coalition talks, led by Left-Green Movement Leader Katrín Jakobsdóttir failed yesterday afternoon, it is unclear what happens next.

Alþingishúsið

State of Treasury Worse than Expected

Political party leaders now engaged in coalition talks agree that the state of the Icelandic treasury is not as good as had been suggested leading up to the parliamentary election.

Alþingishúsið

Formal Five-Party Coalition Talks Begin Today

The party groups of the Pirate Party, the Social Democratic Alliance, the Reform Party and Bright Future agreed at a meeting yesterday that they were ready to begin formal coalition talks led by Left-Green Movement Leader Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

Left-Green Leader to Form Government

During their meeting at Bessastaðir, the Icelandic presidential residence, today, President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson formally gave Left-Green Movement Leader Katrín Jakobsdóttir the mandate to form a government.

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