Bjarni Benediktsson of Theآ Independence Party, left, shakes hands with Iceland's Prime Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson in a TV studio in Reykjavik, Iceland, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Iceland Sunday faced a wrangle over its next government after the anti-establishment Pirate Party and its allies gained ground but fell short of a majority in snap elections sparked by the Panama Papers scandal.In the end, the Pirates and three left-of-center allies gained 28 seats, four short of the 32 needed to command an overall majority in the 63-member parliament, the Althingi, according to preliminary results announced late Saturday.Founded just four years ago, the Pirates were credited with as many as nine seats, making them the third largest party in the island nation.Among other groups, the center-right Progressive Party picked up seven seats while the Independence Party had 21 seats.The centre Regeneration Party, which could be the kingmakers in the election, garnered seven seats in the Icelandic parliament.
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