Panama Papers come back to haunt Iceland politics

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Bjarni Benediktsson, Finance Minister and leader of the Progressive Party’s coalition partner, talks to media in Reykjavik on April 5, 2016The Panama Papers came back to haunt Iceland’s right-wing parties Monday as they prepare to form a new government, after the candidate for prime minister admitted hiding a report on offshore accounts. Iceland was rocked in April when the Panama Papers revealed a global tax evasion scandal that ensnared several senior politicians and triggered the resignation of former prime minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, with snap elections held on October 29. The news angered the head of the anti-establishment Pirate Party, Birgitta Jonsdottir, whose party reaped gains from a wave of popular anger with the establishment parties.


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