Snap poll for Ice­land

The Sunday Times - - WORLD -

ICE­LAND’S prime min­is­ter has called for a snap par­lia­men­tary elec­tion af­ter one party in the rul­ing coali­tion quit his Gov­ern­ment, formed less than nine months ago.

The out­go­ing party, Bright Fu­ture, cited a “breach of trust” af­ter Prime Min­is­ter Bjarni Benedik­ts­son’s party al­legedly tried to cover up a scan­dal in­volv­ing his fa­ther.

That leaves the coun­try fac­ing its sec­ond snap elec­tion in less than a year.

The pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment was felled by the Panama Pa­pers scan­dal over off­shore tax havens.

“We have lost the ma­jor­ity and I don’t see any­thing that in­di­cates we can re­gain that. I am call­ing an elec­tion,” Mr Benedik­ts­son said.

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