Iceland’s PM resigns after strong election gains by leftist parties

REYKJAVIK, Iceland, Oct. 31 (UPI) — Iceland’s prime minster announced his resignation after his party lost ground in parliament to center-left parties, most notably the four-year-old Pirate Party.

Prime Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson, in office since April after the departure of predecessor Sigmundur David Gunnlaughsson in a corruption scandal, said Sunday he would resign. In Saturday’s election, his center-right Progressive Party won eight seats in the 63-seat parliament, the Althing. That was down from 13 seats in the 2013 election.

The party’s coalition partner, the Independence Party, won 21, up from 19 in 2013. The left-leaning parties — the Pirate Party, the Left-Green Party and the Regeneration Party — collectively won 27 seats, nearly a majority.

While the Independence Party individually won the most seats, it will have to contend with the strong showing of left-leaning parties, which gained significantly.

The surprise came as the Pirate Party,

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