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Icelandic opposition challenges govt after PM resigns

  • Iceland's Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson, left, deputy chairman of the Progressive Party, speaks to media at parliament in Reykjavik, Iceland Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Johannsson said Wednesday he will seek the president's approval to become the country's next prime minister after the previous leader resigned because of revelations he had offshore accounts. At right is Iceland's Bjarni Benediktsson, leader of the Independence Party. Progressive Party is in a coalition government with the Independence Party. (AP Photo/David Keyton)

    Iceland's Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson, left, deputy chairman of the Progressive Party, speaks to media at parliament in Reykjavik, Iceland Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Johannsson said Wednesday he will seek the president's approval to become the country's next prime minister after the previous leader resigned because of revelations he had offshore accounts. At right is Iceland's Bjarni Benediktsson, leader of the Independence Party. Progressive Party is in a coalition government with the Independence Party. (AP Photo/David Keyton)  (The Associated Press)

  • Iceland's Fisheries and Agriculture Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson speaks to media during a press conference at parliament in Reykjavik, Iceland Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Johannsson said Wednesday he will seek the president's approval to become the country's next prime minister after the previous leader resigned because of revelations he had offshore accounts. (AP Photo/David Keyton)

    Iceland's Fisheries and Agriculture Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson speaks to media during a press conference at parliament in Reykjavik, Iceland Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Johannsson said Wednesday he will seek the president's approval to become the country's next prime minister after the previous leader resigned because of revelations he had offshore accounts. (AP Photo/David Keyton)  (The Associated Press)

  • People protest in front of the Parliament building during the third consecutive day of demonstrations calling for a new government in Reykjavik, Iceland, Wednesday April 6, 2016. Opposition lawmakers accused the Icelandic government of trying to cling to power Wednesday amid a political impasse after the prime minister stepped aside because of revelations of having offshore accounts. (AP Photo/David Keyton)

    People protest in front of the Parliament building during the third consecutive day of demonstrations calling for a new government in Reykjavik, Iceland, Wednesday April 6, 2016. Opposition lawmakers accused the Icelandic government of trying to cling to power Wednesday amid a political impasse after the prime minister stepped aside because of revelations of having offshore accounts. (AP Photo/David Keyton)  (The Associated Press)

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 Thursday 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 Thursday.

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

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.