Early Signs of Win for Iceland's Left-Wing Parties

REYKJAVIK (AP) - Preliminary results show that Iceland's leftist government is headed for a strong victory in the country's general

Early results Saturday show that a left-wing coalition made up of the Social Democratic Alliance and the Left Green Movement has won 35 out of the 63 seats in parliament.

The two parties are part of a caretaker government that took office in February after public protests about Iceland's economic collapse toppled the previous conservative administration.

The left-wing coalition is led by interim Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir.

Iceland's election commission announced the early results Saturday night shortly after polls closed around the country. Around 20 percent of all votes have been counted so far.

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