23 Sep 2017

Ingólfur Sigfússon - Iceland's government melts down

From Saturday Morning, 8:09 am on 23 September 2017

Parliament in Iceland has been dissolved and it may be looking at electing its sixth prime minister in nine years. The meltdown began after it was found that Benedikt Sveinsson, the father of Prime Minster Bjarni Benediktsson, wrote a letter seeking a pardon for an acquaintance who had been jailed for raping and sexually abusing his stepdaughter for 12 years - and claims that the prime minister knew about the letter but had tried to cover it up. Mr Benediktsson's shaky ruling coalition collapsed over the scandal, paving the way for a new election on October 28. Kim will unpick the chain of events with Ingólfur Sigfússon, a reporter for RUV, the Icelandic national broadcaster.