Ice­land PM quits over his fa­ther’s lob­by­ing

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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.

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