[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Languages
Last Updated: Sunday, 13 May 2007, 14:40 GMT 15:40 UK
Iceland vote threatens coalition
Map of Iceland
Iceland's centre-right coalition government has won a majority of just one seat in general elections.

The government of Prime Minister Geir Haarde now hangs in the balance.

His Independence Party gained three seats, winning a total of 25. But its coalition partner, the Progressive Party, lost five of its 12 seats.

The Independence Party could start talks with other parties to form a stronger coalition rather than try to govern with such a slim majority.

Icelandic politics, as in the rest of the Nordic region, is based on coalition building.

The election was dominated by the strong growth of aluminium smelting in Iceland, which was opposed by the centre-left and environmentalists.

The ruling coalition wanted aluminium giants to keep building the smelters.


SEE ALSO
Country profile: Iceland
03 May 07 |  Country profiles

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific