Oddný Harðardóttir snatched the first seat in the Social Democratic Alliance primary in the South Iceland Constituency on Saturday from Björgvin G. Sigurðsson, who currently holds the position and sought reelection.
Oddný is thought to have strengthened her position within the Social Democrats after having served the position of the party’s parliamentary chair and led the Finance Ministry during the current term, Morgunblaðið reports.
Oddný has even been mentioned as a possible successor for Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, who will step down as the party’s leader in the spring, but Oddný said she has not considered running for party chair. The only confirmed candidate so far is Árni Páll Árnason.
Like Oddný, Sigríður Ingibjörg Ingadóttir became a parliamentarian for the first time after the 2009 election and is thought to have strengthened her position during the term.
In the Social Democrat primary in Reykjavík, Sigríður was only 68 votes away from depriving Minister for Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphéðinsson of the first seat.
Sigríður has not ruled out the possibility of running for party chair and neither has Minister of Finance Katrín Júlíusdóttir, although her position might be weaker after she lost the first seat of the Southwest Constituency to Árni Páll.
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