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New coalition government has been formed in Iceland

Sigmundur and Bjarni Sigmundur and Bjarni

The Independence Party and the Progressive Party have formally formed a coalition government. The chairman of the Progressive Party, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, will become the next prime minister. The chairman of the Independence Party, Bjarni Benediktsson, will become the minister of finance.

Sigmundur David is 38 years old, born in 1975, and he will be the youngest prime minister in Iceland since the 1930's. Bjarni Benediktsson is born in 1970.

There will be a total of 9 ministers, which is an increase by one minister. The Independence Party will get 5 ministers but the Progressive Party will get 4 ministers. The ministry of the environment will be merged into the ministry of agriculture and fisheries. Two ministers will be at the ministry of welfare, which has not been done before. One ministry will be added, that is the ministry of social affairs, but since the ministry of agriculture was abolished the total number of ministries stays the same. 

The new ministers in Iceland:

Prime Minister - Mr. Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson - Progressive Party

Minister of foreign affairs - Mr. Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson - Progressive Party

Minister of agriculture, fisheries and the environment - Mr. Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson - Progressive Party

Minister of social affairs - Ms. Eyglo Hardardottir - Progressive Party

Minister of finance and economic affairs - Mr. Bjarni Benediktsson - Independence Party

Minister of the interior - Ms. Hanna Birna Kristjansdottir - Independence Party

Minister of education and culture - Mr. Illugi Gunnarsson - Independence Party

Minister of industries - Ms. Ragnheidur Elin Arnadottir - Independence Party

Minister of health - Mr. Kristjan Thor Juliusson - Independence Party

 

Only three of the nine ministers are women.

 

 

Last modified on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 22:18

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