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Iceland’s PM Prepared to Chair Social Democrats

Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir of the Social Democrats has responded to the wishes of her fellow party members, announcing yesterday that she has decided to run as chairperson of the party at its general meeting March 27 to 29.

Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

Former chairwoman of the Social Democrats, Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, recently announced her resignation from politics and Sigurdardóttir was expected to replace her.

In the Reykjavík primary last week, Sigurdardóttir won the party’s first seat, Morgunbladid reports.

“In light of the results of the primary in Reykjavík on March 14 and the great encouragement and sincere wishes I have received from my companions all over the country I have decided to run for chairperson,” Sigurdardóttir said in her announcement.

“I am extremely grateful for the faith I have been shown and will not fail to contribute my leadership to the party through one of the most important elections in the history of the republic,” the PM concluded. The parliamentary elections are scheduled for April 25.

Social Democrat MP Árni Páll Árnason said Sigurdardóttir’s decision has not changed his plans to run for vice-chairman of the party. “I think it can strengthen the party for us to engage these roles together, of the chair and vice-chair.”

Reykjavík City Councilman and former Mayor of Reykjavík Dagur B. Eggertsson will also run for vice-chairman of the Social Democrats. He and Árnason both fully support Sigurdardóttir’s candidacy.

Click here to read about the results of a recent opinion poll, concluding that the Social Democrats enjoy the most support of all Icelandic political parties.

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