Iceland government collapses amid sex offender scandal

https://www.iol.co.za/news/world/iceland-government-collapses-amid-sex-offender-scandal-11277289

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

President Gudni Th Johannesson said on 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 paedophile.

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 a divided parliament and led to weeks of wrangling before the formation of a three-party coalition government.

Benediktsson took office in January, uniting his Independence Party, the Reform Party and the centrists. Together they held the slimmest of majorities — 32 of the 63 seats in parliament.

Iceland is a wind-lashed island near the Arctic Circle with a population of 320,000. The country suffered through years of economic upheaval after its debt-swollen banks collapsed during the 2008 financial crisis but now is experiencing a surge in tourism by those eager to see its pristine glaciers, fjords and waterfalls and the Northern Lights.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/iceland-paedophile-brought-down-government-bright-future-coalition-hjalti-sigurjon-hauksson-benedikt-a7952721.html

In 2004, Hjalti Sigurjon Hauksson was imprisoned for raping his stepdaughter nearly every day for 12 years, starting when she was just five. Thirteen years later, his crime has helped bring down Iceland’s government.

The story involves Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson and his father, Benedikt Sveinsson.

Here’s what happened: Several months ago, Sveinsson drafted a letter of recommendation for Hauksson, arguing he should have his “honour restored.” In Iceland, convicts can have certain civil rights returned by submitting letters of recommendation showing good character. Hauksson and another convicted paedophile, Robert Downey (formerly named Robert Arni Hreidarsson), received full pardons over the summer.

Those decisions “rattled Icelandic society,” according to Iceland Magazine. As a reporter explains: “public and media have spent much of summer discussing the two cases and the horrifying world of violence and abuse they revealed.”

Soon after, one of Downey’s victims launched a campaign urging the government to release the letters of support for Downey and Hauksson. But the Justice Ministry refused to respond to questions on the subject.

This week, a parliamentary committee ruled that the administration was violating freedom of information laws by keeping the names a secret. So the letters were released to the news media. Even more damning: On Thursday, Iceland’s justice minister, Sigridur Andersen, told television news reporters he had informed the prime minister of his father’s involvement back in June. She said she told no one else.

That disclosure, which smacked of a cover-up, sent shock waves through Iceland’s political class and threatened the fragile three-party coalition that put Benediktsson in power last year.

To secure a majority, his Independence Party joined forces with the centrists and the Bright Future coalition, squeaking in with a razor-thin majority of 32 out of 63 seats. On Friday, Bright Future voted unanimously to leave the government. The letter “was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” a Bright Future insider told Reuters. “This is not in our spirit, and everybody agreed this was the end of it. It came as a complete surprise. It was something we couldn’t have continued with, this is something completely opposed to our principles. The corruption and dishonesty are just incredible.”

Bright Future’s decision left Benediktsson without a majority. He called his behaviour a “serious breach of trust” and dissolved his government. “We have lost the majority, and I don’t see anything that indicates we can regain that,” he told reporters. He has called for speedy elections, aiming for November.

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gotta love iceland..they take no prisoners and accept no globalist puppets, or pedo sympathisers..out you go bjarni..

“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.”

why would you?

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~ by seeker401 on September 22, 2017.

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