Back row, from left: Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Þorsteinn Víglundsson, Jón Gunnarsson, Kristján Þór Júíusson, Þórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir and Björt Ólafsdóttir. Front row, from left: Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, Benedikt Jóhannesson, Bjarni Benediktsson, Óttarr Proppé and Sigríður Á. Andersen. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.
A new government, led by Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson, has now officially taken power in Iceland. It did so following a state council meeting today. The government has eleven ministers, seven men and four women. Six of the ministers are from the Independence Party, three from the Reform Party and two from Bright Future. The government has a tight majority, or 32 out of 63 members of parliament.
The new cabinet, pictured with Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.
Outgoing PM Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson promised his Progressive Party would be tough, issue-based and sensible in the opposition, RÚV reports. He said he was grateful for having served the nation and for the progress his government had made.
He wished the new government well and stressed the importance of looking at the nation as a whole. “There are 332,000 people who live in this country in different types of industry, all of which should have equal rights.”
Iceland Review photographer Geir Ólafsson took pictures of the new cabinet at Bessastaðir, the presidential residence.
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In brief | Pirate Party
What: A pro-free speech, anti-authoritarian political party in Iceland
Founders: A group of anarchists, hackers and internet-freedom activists
Leader: The party eschews formal leaders but Birgitta Jonsdottir is the most senior of three Pirate lawmakers in Iceland’s parliament
“I would like everybody in Iceland to find the pirate within, because the pirate within really represents change and a collective vision for the future.”
- Birgitta Jonsdottir, Pirate Party lawmaker