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Icelandic goverment crumbles amid scandal

The Icelandic government fell from power as a pedophilia scandal engulfed several key members of the ruling Conservative coalition

The Iceland judicial system has a law called “restored honour”, which effectively allows convicted sex criminals to be allowed certain jobs and enjoy increased freedom after their release.

The scandal erupted after it emerged that the father of the Icelandic PM had petitioned for a convicted pedophile to be granted restored honour, and that the Prime Minister, Minister for Justice, and presumably other high ranking members of the party were aware of this attempt to pardon.

The centrist Bright Future party withdrew from the coalition in protest as the scandal came to light, losing the Prime Minister his majority and forcing him to resign and call a snap election for 28 October.

A coalition is likely once more, but it remains to be seen how this scandal will effect the election.

23/09/2017

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