Author: Esther King
The leader of Iceland’s Left-Green Party said Friday she had given up on coalition talks and officially handed back the mandate to form a government.
Party leader Katrín Jakobsdóttir met with President Guðni Jóhannesson early on Friday to inform him of her decision, local media reported.
The country has been stuck at a political impasse following snap elections called late October after Panama Papers revelations prompted the prime minister to resign.
The Left-Green Party suspended talks with four other parties on Wednesday after they failed to agree on health and education funding, Jakobsdóttir said.
The center-right Independence Party, which won the largest share of the vote in October, also failed to form a government.
Jakobsdóttir told local media she was open to all options in terms of a future government, including a minority government.
Birgitta Jonsdottir, the head of the Pirate Party, which received the same number of seats as the Left-Green Party and came third in the October vote, has said she is ready to try to form a government if called upon by the president to do so.