Ice­landic gov­ern­ment falls over pe­dophile furor

Waterloo Region Record - - WORLD -

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.

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