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Former Foreign Minister to Run in Upcoming Elections

Former minister for foreign affairs and chairwoman of the Social Democrats, Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, announced at a press conference on Saturday that she will run in the upcoming parliamentary elections on April 25.

Former Foreign Minister Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

Gísladóttir, who has suffered from health problems, also announced that she will run again as chairperson for the Social Democrats but that Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir will lead the party through the elections and remain its prime ministerial candidate, reports.

“I believe that together Jóhanna and I have the experience, knowledge and energy that are needed in the current situation,” Gísladóttir said.

Sigurdardóttir will run for the first seat in the Social Democrat primary in Reykjavík and Gísladóttir for the second. They will lead the list of candidates in each of the Reykjavík constituencies.

Gísladóttir said she expected the current Minister of Industry and Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphédinsson to run for the third seat. “The three of us have worked very well together.”

Gísladóttir explained that for the past five months she been seriously ill and had therefore considered not participating in the upcoming elections and retiring from politics. “But I felt that it would mean giving up and so I decided to fight my illness.”

Click here to read more about Gísladóttir’s illness and here to read about calls for her resignation.

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