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Iceland PM Calls Snap Vote as Pedophile Furor Crashes Coalition

  • Bright Future party’s exit scuttles slim, one-vote majority
  • Departure comes amid scandal involving premier’s father
Bjarni Benediktsson

Bjarni Benediktsson

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Iceland is facing its second snap election in about a year after the Independence Party-led government collapsed over a scandal involving grants of clemency to convicted child molesters.

Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson on Saturday called for elections to be held on Nov. 4, in a live broadcast from the president’s residence. The move comes after he was abandoned by his coalition partners, the four-lawmaker Bright Future, and the Reform Party, which has eight legislators.