Scan­dal trig­gers snap elec­tion in Ice­land

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - Nation&world -

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.

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