The Wall Street Journal: Arrrr, Pirate Party falls short in Iceland election

Iceland looks set for some thorny coalition talks after the results of general elections showed no single party or coalition secured a clear majority necessary to form the next government.

The ruling Independence Party came in far ahead, with 29.1% of the vote, according to preliminary results from national television broadcaster RUV after 77% of votes had been counted. Independence’s coalition partner, the Progressive Party, had 11.5%.

The nonconformist Pirate Party, which some polls had projected would win the election, came in third with 14.4%. Together with allies — the Left-Green Movement, the Social Democratic Alliance and Bright Future — the Pirates’ bloc collected 43.2%.

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