Paedophile row ends coalition
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.