Narrow margin in Iceland confidence vote

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ICELAND’S centre-left government survived a no-confidence vote in parliament yesterday, with a close vote underlining the weakness of the coalition as it faces an election next month.

Parliament voted 32 to 29 against the motion of no confidence – called to protest against the government postponing constitutional reform – with one MP abstaining and one absent.

Prime minister Johanna Sigurdardottir said: “It is very valuable for the government to get this statement of trust.”