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Left-Greens Push Parliamentary Chair Out

gudfridurliljagretarsdottir_althingiMP for the Left-Green Movement Gudfrídur Lilja Grétarsdóttir was unnominated from the position of the party’s chair in parliament after she returned from maternity leave at a party meeting yesterday. Árni Thór Sigurdsson, who had replaced her while she was on leave, was voted chair in her stead.

Grétarsdóttir told Fréttabladid she had not expected this move the day she came back to work. “A woman leaves her position to go on maternity leave, keeps it while she is on leave and returns to it when she comes back,” she said of the usual procedure. For some reason the party was in a hurry to get her out of the way, she added.

Never before has the party voted on who will lead its parliamentary group; until now, that person has been chosen without an election. Grétarsdóttir said she hasn’t decided anything else than to continue her work for the Left-Greens in parliament.

“I lead the Left-Greens in the country’s most populated constituency. I was elected because of policies to which I am devoted, such as environmental issues, equality issues, to stand by people and not funds, etc. and I will not stop fighting for them in parliament as I have done until now,” Grétarsdóttir declared.

Due to some of her opposing views to those of the government, Grétarsdóttir has been classified as a member of the Left-Greens’ “agitated department” (órólega deildin, in Icelandic), along with MPs like Lilja Mósesdóttir and Atli Gíslason who recently left the Left-Greens’ parliamentary party.

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