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Iceland's centre-right Independence party declares victory

Bjarni Benediktsson of the Independence Party votes. Credit: Reuters

Iceland's incumbent centre-right Independence party has declared victory after the country's general election on Saturday.

The Independence party won a total of 29 seats with its coalition partner of the past three years, the Progressive party, whose share of the vote more than halved.

The Independence party said it will now try to form the next government.

The anti-establishment Pirate party tripled their number of seats to 10.

The alliance of three left-of-centre parties, that includes the Pirate party, held 27 seats, but fell short of a majority in the country's 63-seat Parliament.

"We have the most support ... So I'd say yes," Bjarni Benediktsson told Reuters when asked whether he considered his party to be the winner.

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