Ice­land premier quits amid fa­ther’s scan­dal

The Dallas Morning News - - World -

COPEN­HAGEN, Den­mark — Ice­land Pres­i­dent Gudni Th. Jo­han­nes­son on Satur­day ac­cepted the res­ig­na­tion of the island’s prime min­is­ter. A new elec­tion will likely be Nov. 4.

Prime Min­is­ter Bjarni Benedik­ts­son lost his nine-mon­thold, cen­ter-right coali­tion af­ter one party quit over an at­tempt by the premier’s fa­ther to help clear the name of a con­victed pe­dophile.

A small cen­trist party, Bright Fu­ture, quit the rul­ing coali­tion Fri­day af­ter it emerged that Benedik­ts­son’s fa­ther had writ­ten a let­ter urg­ing a par­don for Hjalti Sig­ur­jon Hauks­son, who was con­victed in 2004 of rap­ing his step­daugh­ter over years.

Un­der Ice­land’s ju­di­cial sys­tem, a per­son who has served a sen­tence for a se­ri­ous crime can ap­ply to au­thor­i­ties to “re­store their honor” and seek em­ploy­ment again, mean­ing their crim­i­nal record is erased. For that, a let­ter of rec­om­men­da­tion by a close friend or an as­so­ciate is needed.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.