Pae­dophile row ends coali­tion

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Ice­land’s nine-month-old gov­ern­ment has col­lapsed af­ter a small coali­tion part­ner quit over an at­tempt by the prime min­is­ter’s fa­ther to help clear a con­victed pae­dophile’s name.

The cen­trist Bright Fu­ture party said in a Face­book post “a se­ri­ous breach of trust” prompted its de­par­ture.

Prime Min­is­ter Bjarni Benedik­ts­son took of­fice in Jan­uary with his In­de­pen­dence Party, the Re­form Party and the cen­trist Bright Fu­ture party.

When it emerged some gov­ern­ment mem­bers, in­clud­ing its head, had kept in­for­ma­tion from the pub­lic about a let­ter seek­ing to ex­punge the rapist’s record, the Bright Fu­ture party said it was quit­ting.

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