The Icelandic people will vote in parliamentary elections this Saturday, in which poll results show the ruling coalition could lose a majority, although a highly competitive race is definitely expected in which Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir will stay in office.
The polling stations open at 10:00 a.m. (local time) and the first partial results are expected for the night of this Saturday, but the official results will have to wait until Sunday.
The Icelandic parliament has 63 seats, and according to polls published on Friday, Jakobsdottir’s ruling coalition could be close to the threatened majority, according to the Iceland Review portal.
The poll published on Friday by Morgunbladid and MMR gives the coalition – consisting of the Left-Green movement, the Progressive Party and the Independence Party – 31 seats, results similar to the poll published by Maskina.
Polls therefore suggest that it might be difficult to put a coalition together, as the poll data reflects up to fourteen possible coalitions, depending on the distribution of seats, of which the Progressive Party participates in thirteen.
Jakobsdottir from the Left-Green movement is a popular figure in the country with 360,000 inhabitants, although his party has lost support due to its unusual alliance after the parliaments in 2017 with the conservative Independence Party and the liberal Progress Party.