Iceland PM quits over his father’s lobbying
Iceland’s president yesterday accepted the resignation of the island’s prime minister, who said an election was likely to be held on November 4. Prime minister Bjarni Benediktsson lost his nine-monthold centre-right coalition after the Bright Future party quit over an attempt by the prime minister’s father to help clear the name of a convicted paedophile. Mr Benediktsson’s father had written a letter urging a pardon for Hjalti Hauksson, who was convicted in 2004 of raping his stepdaughter. Under Iceland’s judicial system, a person who has served a sentence for a serious crime can apply to authorities to “restore their honour”, meaning their criminal record is erased. A letter of recommendation by a friend or associate is needed.