Iceland to hold Oct 28 election after government collapses

Iceland will hold a national election on Oct. 28 after the governing coalition collapsed amid a scandal about a proposed pardon for a sex offender.

President Gudni Th. Johannesson said Monday it was clear there was no chance of forming a new government from the existing parliament.

Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson resigned Saturday after one of the parties in his center-right coalition administration quit over an attempt by the prime minister’s father to help clear the name of a convicted pedophile.

The centrist Bright Future party walked out after it emerged that Benediktsson’s father had written a letter urging a pardon for Hjalti Sigurjon Hauksson, convicted in 2004 of raping his stepdaughter almost daily for 12 years.

The election comes a year after Iceland’s last national vote, which was called after the former prime minister resigned amid protests over his offshore holdings that were revealed in the Panama Papers leak.

The 2016 election resulted in

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