A new government has been formed in Iceland, replacing the cabinet of ministers, who was forced to resign after the riots caused by the severe economic and financial crisis.
The head of the center-left government was Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, a former stewardess who got into big politics thanks to her participation in the trade union movement. She became the first woman to serve as Prime Minister of Iceland. In the former government, Sigurðardóttir served as Minister for Social Policy.
The new Icelandic prime minister does not hide his non-traditional sexual orientation. This is stated on her personal page on the official website of the Ministry of Social Policy of Iceland. Sigurdardottir became the first open-minded lesbian in the world as head of government.
The new government of Iceland will work until the early elections, which are scheduled to be held on April 25.
Iceland’s former cabinet of ministers resigned on January 26, about a week after the mass demonstration in Reykjavik, which escalated into clashes with police. The demonstrators demanded a change of government that failed to cope with the crisis.
Iceland is considered a country that has been hit hardest by the crisis than other European states. The financial sector of the economy of Iceland, previously showing rapid growth, collapsed at the end of 2008. The government was forced to nationalize the three largest banks in the country.
According to official forecasts, Iceland’s GDP will decline by almost 10% by the end of the year. The country expects a significant increase in unemployment.