Iceland prime minister calls national elections (AP)

This is a Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008 file photo of Iceland's Prime Minister Geir Haarde, as he speaks at a press conference in Reykjavik. Haarde, buffeted by an economic crisis and severe health problems, announced Friday that he plans to call early national elections on May 9 and that he will not seek re-election as party leader. Haarde, 57, said he was stepping down because doctors had found a malignant throat tumor during a routine medical exam last week. (AP Photo/Arni Torfason)AP – Facing serious health probems and an economic crisis, Prime Minister Geir Haarde called Friday for early national elections, making his government a dramatic victim of the financial calamity gripping much of the globe.

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