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Tags: iceland | election

Austerity-Weary Iceland Votes in National Election

Saturday, 27 April 2013 06:46 AM EDT

REYKJAVIK, Iceland  — Icelanders are voting in an election that could return to power the center-right parties that led the country before its economy collapsed five years ago — and stall plans to join the European Union.

Polls give the Progressive and Independence parties a lead over the governing Social Democrats and Left-Greens.

The North Atlantic island nation had one of the world's highest standards of living until its debt-burdened banks collapsed within a week of each other in October 2008.

The Independence Party-led government blamed for the crisis was replaced with an alliance led by Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir.

Her government opened EU membership talks, but both Independence and the Progressives oppose joining.

Their poll boost is attributed to voters weary of austerity measures.

 

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Icelanders are voting in an election that could return to power the center-right parties that led the country before its economy collapsed five years ago — and stall plans to join the European Union.
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