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Left-Green Parliamentary Chair Steps Down

arnithorsigurdsson_althingiÁrni Thór Sigurdsson resigned as chairman of the Left-Green Movement’s parliamentary party yesterday, only four days after he was elected to the position. Thurídur Backmann will take over as chair—Gudfrídur Lilja Grétarsdóttir, who served as chair before Sigurdsson, was offered the position but she did not accept it.

Grétarsdóttir had just returned to parliament after her maternity leave—Sigurdsson had filled in for her as chair while she was on leave—when the Left-Green MPs voted between the two of them on Sunday. Sigurdsson won with nine votes against the four Grétarsdóttir received, Fréttabladid reports.

The voting raised considerable controversy within the party—some of its members felt Grétarsdóttir was being pushed out as chair.

She is one of the Left-Green MPs who has been vocal about her opposing views to those of the government.

Three other MPs of the so-called “agitated department” within the Left-Greens have abandoned the party’s parliamentary group—the last to leave was Ásmundur Einar Dadason, who supported the opposition’s vote of no confidence against the government yesterday.

The Social Democrat-Left-Green coalition is now clinging on to a weak majority of 32 against 31 MPs in parliament.

Sigurdsson explained his resignation as parliamentary party chair in a statement that reads: “Unfortunately this matter has falsely been personified and connected both to the party’s women liberation policy and the laws on parental leave. That discussion damages our party and is therefore unacceptable.”

The MP added he anticipated his resignation would unify different positions within the Left-Green Movement.

Click here to read more about this story and here to read more about yesterday’s voting of no confidence.

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