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Progressive Party Chair Not to Run in Reykjavík

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, chair of the Progressive Party, the country’s second-largest opposition party, is not planning to run for the first seat in Reykjavík, as is usually the case with the party’s chairpersons, but rather in the Northeast constituency.

sigmundurdavid-althingi-280910_pkSigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

The party currently has two MPs representative of the constituency, Birkir Jón Jónsson and Höskuldur Þórhallsson. Birkir, who currently holds the first seat in the Northeast Constituency and serves as vice-chair of the Progressive Party, announced last week that he will step down from his position and not run for the party in the coming 2013 parliamentary election due to “personal reasons,” reports.

However, Höskuldur, who currently holds the second seat on his list, does not intend to give up his plans to run for the first seat in the primary for the Northeast constituency. There have been mixed news of the course of events.

According to Fréttablaðið, Sigmundur Davíð maintains that he discussed his plan to run for the first seat in the Northeast constituency with Höskuldur. However, Höskuldur stated on that Sigmundur Davíð only notified him by sms that they needed to talk.

It is therefore unclear whether the chairman is rivaling Höskuldur for the first seat in the Northeast constituency or whether it is the other way around; that Höskuldur announced that he would run knowing Sigmundur Davíð would do the same.

Regardless, they will now be up against each other in the primary. They have competed for the same position before; in January 2009 they both ran for Progressive Party chair. Sigmundur Davíð was elected with 449 votes against Höskuldur’s 340.

Yet, by mistake, Höskuldur was declared winner and took the stage—only to give the stage to Sigmundur Davíð when the misunderstanding was corrected shortly afterwards.

In a turn of events, operational economist Frosti Sigurjónsson, cofounder and chair of IT companies Dohop and DataMarket, and chairman of Arctica Finance, announced yesterday that he intends to run for the first seat in Reykjavík in the Progressive Party primary and would like to lead the party in the 2013 parliamentary election, reports.

Frosti announced that his part in the fight against the Icesave agreements and Iceland’s accession to the European Union sparked his interest in politics. “In those projects I have worked with Progressive Party members who encouraged me to consider running.”


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