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03 April 2009


Iceland can - preview

tephen Cox looks at the changes coming in Iceland with a new prime minister

In December the Quaker Lesbian and Gay Fellowship asked, tongue-in-cheek, how long it would be before an openly gay head of government was elected anywhere in the world
  • The answer turned out to be three weeks
  • In the middle of an unprecedented economic collapse, the Icelandic parties turned to the longstanding social affairs minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir to head an interim government until there are fresh elections in May

  • Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, sixty-six, will become the first openly gay or lesbian person to become a head of government
  • She has been an MP since 1978 and was recently voted the most popular politician in Iceland
  • Her appointment appears to have been uncontroversial in Iceland itself

  • Stephen Cox

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