Ice­land coali­tion split

Otago Daily Times - - The World -

One of Ice­land’s three coali­tion par­ties said yes­ter­day it would quit the Gov­ern­ment formed just nine months ago, cit­ing a ‘‘breach of trust’’ af­ter the prime min­is­ter’s party al­legedly tried to cover up a scan­dal in­volv­ing his fa­ther.

That leaves the coun­try fac­ing its sec­ond snap elec­tion in a year af­ter the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment was felled by the Panama Pa­pers scan­dal over off­shore tax havens.

‘‘The board of Bright Fu­ture has de­cided to ter­mi­nate co­op­er­a­tion with the gov­ern­ment of Bjarni Benedik­ts­son,’’ the party said in a state­ment on Face­book. ‘‘The rea­son for the split is a se­ri­ous breach of trust within the gov­ern­ment.’’ — Reuters

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