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In Iceland’s election, political stability again at stake

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A general view shows the landscape around Reykjavik, Iceland, August 4, 2017. — Reuters pic

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COPENHAGEN, Sept 25 — Icelanders started voting today in an election that could have a messy outcome with a record nine parties likely to enter parliament, making it difficult to find common ground on topics like climate change and healthcare.

The North Atlantic island of 371,000 citizens has seen a period of stability since 2017 under the ruling left-right coalition, after years of political scandals and distrust of politicians following the 2008 financial crisis.

The current government coalition led by Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir’s Left-Green Movement won its mandate on a promise to secure stability after Icelanders w

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