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New Health Minister for Iceland Takes Office

Álfheidur Ingadóttir accepted the keys to the office of the Ministry of Health from former Health Minister Ögmundur Jónasson during a ceremony at the presidential residence Bessastadir yesterday. Jónasson resigned over Icesave on Wednesday.

“I’m accepting this position at unusual times,” Ingadóttir said after the ceremony, Morgunbladid reports. “I’m being appointed to this office mid-term, the same day that the budget bill is submitted at Althingi, including extensive cutbacks. It will be difficult—no one ever said that the tasks of this government would be easy.”

Ingadóttir said it is always challenging to take on new tasks and that she is prepared, even though Jónason’s resignation and her appointment had been sudden. “But I won’t deny that it will be difficult,” she iterated.

The new health minister’s first task is to meet with the ministry’s staff today. “It is a giant ministry with a powerful workforce. I’m lucky to know some good people there already and I have yet to get to know the others,” Ingadóttir said.

Ingadóttir is the 20th woman to serve as a minister of the Icelandic cabinet. With her appointment the number of men and women in the cabinet will be equal.

Click here to read about upcoming cutbacks in the healthcare system.

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