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The Independence Party forming the new Icelandic government

The Icelandic Independence Party (Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn) has formed a new Centre-Right government under new Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson.

The Icelandic ACRE Member Independence Party (Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn) will be leading a newly formed Centre-Right coalition government under the Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson.

Bjarni Benediktsson has been leading the Independence Party since 2009. He is a former football player and lawyer, and he served as the chairman of several major Icelandic companies.

ACRE Board Member Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarsson is Iceland’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs. He has been an MP for the Independence Party for 14 years and Minister of Health from 2007 to 2009.

The new Icelandic Minister for Justice is Sigríður Andersen. She will be one of the main speakers at ACRE’s Blue-Green Summit in Brussels on 1 February 2017.

Former mayor Kristján Þór Júlíusson is the new Icelandic Minister of Education. He has also served as Minister of Health under a previous government.

The youngest Minister in the new Parliament, Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð, is Iceland’s new Minister for Tourism, Industry and Innovation. Before this she served as the managing director of the Independence Party group.

Former industrial affairs committee Vice-Chairman Jón Gunnarsson will become Minister of Transportation, Regional Development and Municipal Affairs. He has been an Independence Party MP for almost a decade, and previously acted as the managing director for the Icelandic Associtation of Rescue Teams.

In the general elections in October 2016, the Independence Party received 29 % of the votes (21/63 seats in the Althing). The Independence Party’s junior partners, the Reform Party and Bright Future, received 10.5 % and 7.2 % of the vote, respectively.

The Independence Party has long been a major force in Icelandic politics, a membership including an estimated 15 % of the population. Conservative, classically liberal and Euro-realist, it’s values chime with those of the Icelandic people, ensuring its place in government for 30 of the last 34 years, during which the Iceland has prospered.

You may find the platform of Iceland’s new coalition government here.