REYKJAVIK - Iceland's Left Green party leader said on Friday she had given up on forming a government and handed back the president's mandate to create one.
Katrin Jakobsdottir's failure to negotiate a coalition further extends the political impasse that followed the Oct. 29 snap election.
Talks led by her to form a five-party government including the anti-establishment Pirate Party were suspended earlier this week.
The president gave Jakobsdottir the task to form a government after talks led by the center-right Independence Party which emerged as the biggest party in the election failed.
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Jakobsdottir told local media she now did not exclude anything in terms of a future government, including a minority government.
President Gudni Johannesson said he would give the parties time to talk informally.
(Reporting by Ragnhildur Sigurdadottir; Writing by Daniel Dickson Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)