Pedophile Brings Down Country's Government

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Опубликовано 19 сентября 2017, 2:30
The pardon of a convicted child molester has caused the government of Iceland to collapse. Ana Kasparian and Mark Thompson, the hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Iceland is preparing for its second election in a year after its government collapsed over a letter of recommendation written by the prime minister’s father on behalf of a convicted pedophile.

Bjarni Benediktsson is Iceland’s fifth prime minister since its banking system collapsed in the 2008 financial crisis, taking office this past January at the head of a precarious coalition. A scandal involving offshore money had resulted in the resignation of one predecessor and had pushed another toward electoral defeat: Now Mr. Benediktsson may end up serving a shorter tenure than either of them.

Mr. Benediktsson, chairman of the center-right Independence Party, asked on Monday for Parliament to be dissolved, clearing the way for elections on Oct. 28. His governing coalition collapsed on Friday when the center-left Bright Future Party withdrew its support over the letter and accusations that he had attempted to cover it up.

The letter from Mr. Benediktsson’s father, Benedikt Sveinsson, sought a form of civil pardon for Hjalti Sigurjon Hauksson, an acquaintance who was sentenced in 2004 to five-and-a-half years in prison for raping and sexually abusing his stepdaughter over a 12-year period until she was 18.”

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Hosts: Ana Kasparian, Mark Thompson

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