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Third time lucky? Iceland's Pirate party given chance to form government
December 2, 2016 / 6:56 PM / 9 months ago

Third time lucky? Iceland's Pirate party given chance to form government

Birgitta Jonsdottir of the Pirate Party (L) is seen after parliamentary elections in Iceland, October 29, 2016.Geirix

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Iceland's Pirate Party leader Birgitta Jonsdottir has been asked by the president to try to form a new government, local media reported on Friday, after the two largest parliamentary parties each failed to put together a coalition.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with President Gudni Johannesson, Jonsdottir said: "I am hopeful that we will find a way to work together."

The anti-establishment Pirate Party, which came third in an October election, will continue talks with four other parties represented in parliament, the Left-Greens, Social Democrats, Bright Future and the Reform Party.

The Left-Greens suspended coalition negotiations last week. The Independence Party, which as the biggest party was given the first chance to form a governing coalition, said on Nov. 15 that it had failed to do so.

Reporting by Ragnhildur Sigurdadottir; Writing by Rebecka Roos; Editing by Catherine Evans

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