Scandal triggers snap election in Iceland
Icelanders are being called to the polls after a sex-crime scandal involving the prime minister’s father caused the collapse of the country’s threeparty coalition government that was formed only eight months ago.
Elections have been proposed for Nov. 4 after Saturday’s resignation of Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson.
The prime minister’s father, Benedikt Sveinsson, wrote a letter to the Justice Ministry calling for the criminal record of a convicted sex offender to be erased. Sveinsson has apologized.