Thursday, 30 November 2017

Iceland's Left-Green leader Katrín Jakobsdóttir becomes new prime minister

Katrín Jakobsdóttir has become Iceland's new prime minister after her Left-Green Movement secured a coalition deal.

The Independence Party, led by now former PM Bjarni Benediktsson, and the Progressive Party backed the deal.

Ms Jakobsdóttir, 41, was asked to form a cabinet despite the fact her party came second in October's snap election - behind the Independence Party.

The poll was called after a row over a paedophile toppled the coalition.

"It's a very interesting moment actually in Icelandic political history because these three parties are very different," Ms Jakobsdóttir told the AFP news agency, adding it was "highly unusual" for the conservative Independence Party and the centre-right Progressive Party to co-operate with the Left-Green Movement.
Ms Jakobsdóttir, a mother of three, is Iceland's second woman prime minister after Johanna Siguroardottir, who was also the world's first openly lesbian head of government in 2009-12.

Under Icelandic law, the country's president asks the leader of the party with the largest number of votes to try to form a government.

BBC     News.