Sunday 19 November 2017

Iceland to hold October 28 election after government collapses

The country has been rocked by the scandal
The country has been rocked by the scandal

Iceland's president has said the country will hold a national election on October 28 after the governing coalition collapsed over a scandal about a proposed pardon for a sex offender.

President Gudni Johannesson said it is clear there is no chance of forming a new government from the existing parliament.

Icelandic prime minister Bjarni Benediktsson resigned on Saturday after one of the parties in his centre-right coalition administration quit over an attempt by the PM's father to help clear the name of a convicted paedophile.

The centrist Bright Future party walked out after it emerged that Mr Benediktsson's father had written a letter urging a pardon for Hjalti Sigurjon Hauksson, convicted in 2004 of raping his stepdaughter almost daily for 12 years.

The election comes a year after Iceland's last national vote.

Press Association

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