Thousands of Protesters Renew Calls for Early Elections in Iceland

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (dpa/TNS) -

Thousands of people protested Saturday outside Iceland’s parliament for the sixth consecutive day, calling for early elections, after the Panama Papers leak that resulted in the resignation of the former prime minister.

The protest took place the day after new Prime Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson’s center-right government survived a no-confidence vote.

The vote was called by the opposition after Johannsson’s predecessor, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, was implicated in a far-reaching data leak from a Panama-based law firm.

Gunnlaugsson, who has denied any wrongdoing, resigned Thursday. The leaked documents suggested that he and his wife had owned an offshore company in the British Virgin Islands.

Police estimated that 5,500 people took part in the protest Saturday, while organizers said they had counted 14,000.

The government’s term is scheduled to end in April 2017. It said it would move forward elections to the fall, but rejected immediate elections.