Iceland sets snap election for October 28: president

The outgoing government would be the shortest-living in Iceland's history


Reuters September 18, 2017
Iceland's Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson speaks during a press conference in Reykjavik, Iceland September 15, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS/Geirix

COPENHAGEN: Iceland will hold a snap parliamentary election on October 28, President Gudni Johannesson said on Monday, after the current government collapsed last week due to a scandal involving the prime minister's father.

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Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson had called for the vote
after one party in the ruling coalition quit the government
formed less than nine months ago. The outgoing government would be the shortest-living in Iceland's history.

The previous government was felled by the Panama Papers scandal over offshore tax havens.

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