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Former Economics Minister to Run for Party Chair

MP for the Social Democratic Alliance Árni Páll Árnason, who served as Minister of Social Affairs 2009-2010 and Minister of Economic Affairs 2010-2011, announced yesterday that he intends to run as the party’s chair.

arnipallarnason-radhÁrni Páll Árnason.

The position is currently held by Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, who was voted chair in March 2009, but she recently announced that she will retire from politics after the current term comes to an end next spring.

Árni Páll is the first to announce his candidacy but others have been named as likely candidates: Dagur B. Eggertsson, Guðbjartur Hannesson, Helgi Hjörvar, Katrín Júlíusdóttir and Sigríður Ingibjörg Ingadóttir.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphéðinsson has also been mentioned in that context and he has been encouraged to run. However, he has stated that he isn’t interested in chairing the Social Democrats, Fréttablaðið reports.

Click here to read more about Jóhanna retiring.


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