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Welfare Minister to Run for Social Democrat Chair

Minister of Welfare Guðbjartur Hannesson announced on Friday his candidacy for chairman of the Social Democratic Alliance. So far, there are only two candidates for the position with Árni Páll Árnason being the second. The party will vote a new chair in January.

gudbjarturhannesson_althingiGuðbjartur Hannesson.

Guðbjartur’s announcement followed his victory in the party’s primary for the Northwest Constituency on Thursday—he won the first seat with 76 percent of votes. Ólína Þorvarðardóttir came second, Fréttablaðið reports.

Guðbjartur has long been mentioned as a possible successor for Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, who will step down from her position as the party’s chair and retire from politics after the current term concludes next year.

Click here to read more about the outcome of primaries and other political news.

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