Former Foreign Minister of Iceland Valgerdur Sverrisdóttir announced Friday that she would run for vice-chairman of the Progressive Party (Framsóknarflokkurinn). The party elections will be held next month.
Sverrisdóttir said new opportunities have unfolded for the Progressive Party since the Independence Party (Sjálfstaedisflokkurinn) and the Social Democratic Alliance (Samfylkingin) decided to form the next coalition government in Iceland, ruv.is reports.
Sverrisdóttir added the Progressive Party would provide a strong voice from the rows of the opposition in parliament.
The Progressive Party lost five MPs after the elections on May 12, which caused the Independence Party and the Progressive Party to discontinue their coalition in government.
The leader of the Progressive Party and former Minister of Trade and Commerce Jón Sigurdsson decided to resign as the party’s leader and former Minister of Agriculture Gudni Ágústsson is expected to take his place.