The current government coalition led by the left-green movement of Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir won his mandate on a pledge to ensure stability after Icelanders went to the polls five times from 2007 to 2017.
In 2017, the Left-Greens, who call himself a “radical” left wing party,” collaborated up with unlikely partners — the pro-business Independence Party and the center-right Progressive Party — to anger of some in the party base.
While Jakobsdóttir remains popular, polls suggest her party will lose support, mark the end of her coalition. Support for the Independence Party, the largest in Iceland party, is also declining, but the election result can still give former Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson mandated a new government.
A shattered political landscape will make it difficult to new government, but Jakobsdóttir may be looking for a coalition with other left-wings die will win according to opinion polls support.
“If we have such a government, let’s see something changes when it comes to taxes of the rich and environmental issues will be: more important,” said Baldvin Bergsson, politically analyst at broadcaster RUV.
Iceland has already pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, well ahead of most other European countries, but especially younger voters insist for even bolder steps.
Left parties are also calling for more government expenses on health care, that was the main topic in the election.
Successful weathering of the pandemic and its lifting of coronavirus restrictions have reopened borders, giving a necessary boost to the vital tourism industry, die attracted about 2 million foreign visitors in 2019.
“The pandemic was a huge blow to the important tourism industry,” said Stefania Oskarsdottir, a political politician scientist at University of Iceland, add that high public spending has fueled optimism.
“Despite coming out of a deep recession, the average Icelander thinks these are good times,” she said.
Polling stations open at 4:00 AM EST on Saturday and closes at 5:00 PM EST with An final result expected on Sunday morning.
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