Iceland govt collapse under scandal

Iceland’s center-right govt collapses amid scandal.
Nine months old Iceland’s  center-right government collapsed Friday after a small coalition member quit and the country’s prime minister called for a new election ”as soon as possible,” according to Icelandic media.

The centrist Bright Future Party quit over an attempt by the prime minister’s father to help clear a convicted pedophile’s name. It said in a Facebook post that there was ”a serious breach of trust” behind its departure.

Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson took office in January with his Independence Party, the Reform Party and the centrists.

Conglomerate  of the three parties held the slimmest of majorities – 32 of the 63 seats in parliament following the Oct. 29 election, was called after the former prime minister resigned amid protests over his offshore holdings that were revealed in the Panama Papers leak. Media agencies

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