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