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New leadership for the Social Democrats?

A tense battle for the office of the president of the opposition Social Democrats will come to a close tomorrow at the party’s national convention. Over the past few months, MP and current president Össur Skarphéðinsson has been battling hard to fend off the challange by former Reykjavík mayor Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir. Ingibjörg Sólrún left her office as mayor mid-term to run for Althingi in the last parliamentary elections as the Social Democrats’ candidate for Prime Minister, and failed in both respects. Now, however, she is widely considered to hold the upper hand against the incumbent Össur who has been criticized for being unable to lead the party into government during his tenure as president.

Either way, the office will stay in the family: Össur’s wife and Ingibjörg’s husband are siblings.

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