April 28, 2013

ALONG THE ANGLOSPHERE:

Iceland votes in centre-right that presided over financial crash (guardian.co.uk, Sunday 28 April 2013)

Icelandic voters have dumped the Social Democrats from power, returning a centre-right government that ruled over the country's disastrous financial collapse just five years ago.

Once a European financial hub, the windswept north Atlantic island has been limping along for years, still crippled from a crash that brought it to its knees in just a matter of days.

"We are offering a different road, a road to growth, protecting social security, better welfare and job creation," said Bjarni Benediktsson, the favourite to become the next prime minister after his Independence party took first place in the vote, as the results were coming in.

"What we won't compromise about is cutting taxes and lifting the living standards of people," said Benediktsson, 43, a former professional footballer.

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