Twisted Pedophile Brings Down Iceland's Government
“Iceland is preparing for its second election in a year after its government collapsed over a letter of recommendation written by the prime minister’s father on behalf of a convicted pedophile. Bjarni Benediktsson is Iceland’s fifth prime minister since its banking system collapsed in the 2008 financial crisis, taking office this past January at the head of a precarious coalition.
A scandal involving offshore money had resulted in the resignation of one predecessor and had pushed another toward electoral defeat: Now Mr. Benediktsson may end up serving a shorter tenure than either of them. Mr. Benediktsson, chairman of the center-right Independence Party, asked on Monday for Parliament to be dissolved, clearing the way for elections on Oct. 28. His governing coalition collapsed on Friday when the center-left Bright Future Party withdrew its support over the letter and accusations that he had attempted to cover it up. The letter from Mr. Benediktsson’s father, Benedikt Sveinsson, sought a form of civil pardon for Hjalti Sigurjon Hauksson, an acquaintance who was sentenced in 2004 to five-and-a-half years in prison for raping and sexually abusing his stepdaughter over a 12-year period until she was 18.”
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