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Speaker of Parliament Steps Down

Speaker of Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, Ásta Ragnheiður Jóhannesdóttir, will not take part in the Social Democratic Alliance’s primaries for the April 2013 general elections, to take place in Reykjavík in three weeks.

asta-ragnheidur-althingi-280910_pkÁsta Ragheiður Jóhannesdóttir. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

Ásta Ragnheiður has been parliamentarian for 19 years. Three parliamentarians want to lead the party in the capital: Foreign Minister Össur Skarphéðinsson and MPs Valgerður Bjarnadóttir and Sigríður Ingibjörg Ingadóttir, mbl.is reports.

Two parliamentarians are running for the second seat on the list, Skúli Helgason and Helgi Hjörvar, and three for the third seat, Anna Margrét Guðjónsdóttir, Mörður Árnason and Björk Vilhelmsdóttir.

Today, the Social Democrats have eight parliamentarians representing the capital.

Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, the party’s chair, recently announced that she will not seek reelection. Jóhanna has been a parliamentarian since 1978, for 34 years.

Former Minister of Economic Affairs Árni Páll Árnason has announced his intention to run as chair for the Social Democrats.

Click here to read more about Árni Páll’s candidacy.


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