The opposition parties are trying to force an election in Iceland after the Panama Papers revelations

The opposition parties are trying to force an election in Iceland after the Panama Papers revelations

Iceland's opposition parties have introduced a new no-confidence measure in parliament in a bid to force a new election.

The proposal was introduced today after several tumultuous days caused by fallout from the Panama Papers scandal detailing how the world's elite conceal their assets in various offshore tax havens.

The country's prime minister, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, was linked to offshore accounts and has resigned.

His designated successor, Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson, hopes to gain the president's approval to head the government later today.

The opposition introduced a no-confidence measure on Monday aimed at Mr Gunnlaugsson but now propose a vote against the entire coalition government.

Mr Johannsson needs approval from President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson in order to take office. Protesters plan to gather outside the president's residence when the two men meet.

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