This file photo taken on October 24, 2016 shows members of Icelandic parties attending a debate in Reykjavik, Iceland. AFP / Halldor KOLBEINS
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Iceland's coalition government collapsed Friday after a party quit over the prime minister's cover up of his father's involvement in seeking a clean record for a convicted pedophile, fueling calls for fresh elections.Bright Future accused Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson of failing to inform the government that his father had signed a letter supporting a convicted pedophile'S bid to have his honor restored.The ruling center-right coalition of the conservative Independence Party, led by Benediktsson, the center-right Reform Party and the centrist Bright Future, was formed only nine months ago after the October vote.Icelandic media speculated the minority government could stay if it gains the support of another party, or President Gudni Johannesson could ask another party to form a coalition, or new elections could be held.Iceland's justice minister reportedly informed the prime minister about his father's support for the molester in July and he had kept it hidden until a parliamentary committee brought the case forward.
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