Icelandic government falls over pedophile furor
Iceland’s nine-month-old centre-right government collapsed Friday after a small coalition member quit and the country’s prime minister called for a new election, according to Icelandic media. The centrist Bright Future Party quit over an attempt by the prime minister’s father to help clear a convicted pedophile’s name. It said in a Facebook post that there was “a serious breach of trust” behind its departure. Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson took office in January with his Independence Party, the Reform Party and the centrists. Together the three parties held the slimmest of majorities in parliament following the Oct. 29 election. The Bright Future Party has four seats in Iceland’s parliament.