New Cabinet announced
Iceland’s new Prime Minister, Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, has announced the changes to Cabinet as a result of this week’s events. The prime minister’s former ministry, the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture will now be run by former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson. Gunnar Bragi will be replaced by Lilja Dögg Alfreðsdóttir as Minister for Foreign Affairs. The new Cabinet consists of five members from the Progressive Party and five from the Independence Party.
The prime minister has also confirmed that fresh elections will be held this autumn but no date has yet been confirmed. Elections would normally have been held by June 2017.
The full list of the new Cabinet as published on the Prime Minister’s website is as follows:
Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson; Prime Minister
Bjarni Benediktsson; Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs
Kristján Þór Júlíusson; Minister of Health
Illugi Gunnarsson; Minister of Education, Science and Culture
Mrs. Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir; Minister of Industry and Trade
Mrs. Eygló Harðardóttir; Minister of Social Affairs and Housing
Mrs. Lilja Dögg Alfreðsdóttir; Minister for Foreign Affairs
Mrs. Ólöf Nordal; Minister of the Interior
Mrs. Sigrún Magnúsdóttir; Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources
Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson; Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture