Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir, secretary of the Independence Party and member of parliament, will be the Minister of Justice in Katrín Jakobsdóttir’s government, RÚV reports. Bjarni Benediktsson, chairman of the Independence party notified his parliamentary party yesterday. Áslaug is the second youngest minister in Iceland’s history, and the youngest since the country gained independence in 1944. She is also the youngest woman ever to become a minister.
“Áslaug Arna is one of Iceland’s most promising politicians. She’s has taken parliament by storm and securely and resolutely led an important parliamentary committee,” Bjarni said when he announced the new minister. She’ll be taking over from Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir who has been shouldering the duties of the Minister of Justice temporarily in addition to her role as Minister of Industry, Innovation, and Tourism. Þórdís took over as minister this spring after Sigríður Á Andersen was forced to resign over the incorrect appointment of judges to Landsréttur.
Áslaug Arna was born in 1990 and is 29 years old. She studied law at the University of Iceland and graduated with a master’s degree in 2017. She was elected to parliament in 2016 and has chaired several standing committees. Most recently she has been chairman of the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.
Áslaug Arna tweeted that she’s grateful for the trust and excited for the upcoming tasks. She will be officially instated at a government meeting at Bessastaðir, the President of Iceland’s residence at 4 pm today.
The youngest minister ever remains Eysteinn Jónsson, who was 27 years and eleven months when he became Minister for Finance in 1934.