Prime Minister of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir will resign as chairperson of the Social Democratic Alliance at the end of the election term, which runs until next spring, and quit politics.
In a statement, Jóhanna says she had originally planned to quit politics at the end of the term in 2007. However, she doesn’t regret having, ruv.is reports.
Taking over from Geir H. Haarde on February 1, 2009, Jóhanna has been prime minister for almost four years in the coalition government of the Social Democratic Alliance and the Left- Green Movement.
Jóhanna declared her time in office had been difficult, for herself as well as the entire nation, but also rewarding. Now it is time for others to take over, she concluded.
Jóhanna, who turns 70 on October 4, became the first woman to serve as prime minister in Iceland and the world’s first lesbian head of state. She has been a parliamentarian for more than 34 years—longer than any other MP.