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Women were elected leaders of political parties in the primary in Reykjavík and the constituency of southwest Iceland on Saturday.

Last weekends primaries were held throughout constituencies Iceland in preparation for the general elections in May 2007. The primaries were reported on in all the main media.

Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, former major of Reykjavík, was re-elected the leader of left-wing political party Samfylkingin, the Social Democrats, in Reykjavík, which also makes her the national leader of the party.

Women now occupy six of the top ten seats in the Social Democrat’s lineup for the general elections next spring.

Thorgerdur Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, Minister of Culture and Education, was elected the leader of the right-wing Sjálfstædisflokkurinn – the Independence Party – in the constituency of southwest Iceland. Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde is the party’s national leader.

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