Iceland gets a new Government


Following the general election in October last year political parties in Iceland have struggled to form a government and at one time there was talk of a possible second election. But yesterday three parties came together with a government programme to form a new government.

The three parties are the centre-right Independence Party with 21 seats in the 63 seat Althing and six of the ten ministries in the new government, the centrist Reform Party with seven seats and three ministries, and the centrist Bright Future with four seats and two ministries.

You can find a summary of the new government’s agenda here.

The full list of the new Cabinet is as follows:

Bjarni Benediktsson; Prime Minister

Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson; Minister of Foreign Affairs

Benedikt Jóhannesson; Minister of Finance

Sigríður Á. Andersen; Minister of Justice

Jón Gunnarsson; Minister of Transportation, Regional Development and Municipal Affairs

Kristján Þór Júíusson; Minister of Education

Þórdís Kolbrún Gylfadóttir; Minister of Tourism, Industry and Innovation

Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir; Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture

Þorsteinn Víglundsson; Minister of Social Affairs and Equal Rights

Óttarr Proppé; Minister of Health

Björt Ólafsdóttir; Minister of Environment and Natural Resources

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