Bjarni Benediktsson, chairman of the Independence Party, will over the next couple of days consider whether he should step down as chairman before the general election on April 27, as he indicated in an interview on national broadcaster RÚV yesterday evening.
Bjarni Benediktsson. Photo: Páll Kjartansson/Iceland Review.
If Bjarni steps down, vice-chair Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir will take over the party’s lead.
In the latest polls, the Independence Party, have a support rating of around 19 percent, 5 percent less than in last election in 2009, which was the party’s worst result since Iceland’s independence in 1944.
A poll made by weekly Viðskiptablaðið, published in yesterday’s paper, indicated that more people would vote for the Independence Party, if Hanna Birna would chair the party.
Bjarni told RÚV last night that the poll had been unjust.