Red-Green Socialists Take Over Iceland

Steingrimur Sigfusson

Steingrimur Sigfusson

An interim government consisting of the center-left Social Democrat Alliance Party and the Socialist Left Green Movement will govern Iceland until general elections can be held this May.

Johanna Sigurdardottir

Johanna Sigurdardottir

Iceland’s ruling coalition of the center-right Independence Party and SDA collapsed yesterday amid growing protests over an implosion of the country’s banks and stock market. Another political party, the Progressives, and possibly people from outside Parliament will also assist with the caretaker government.

Social Affairs Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir of the SDA is expected to lead the new government. Sigurdardottir has a long history of liberal politics and has an approval rating of nearly 75%. As an openly-out lesbian, she would be the first gay Prime Minister in the world.

Ingibjorg Solon Gisladottir

Ingibjorg Solon Gisladottir

SDA leader Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir and LGM leader Steingrimur Johann Sigfusson now begin putting together a government that emphasises helping Icelandic households out of the current economic catastrophe.

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