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Iceland to Usher
in Gay Prime Minister?

Iceland to Usher
in Gay Prime Minister?


Amid news of Iceland's financial collapse, Johanna Sigurdardottir is poised to become the country's new prime minister -- and the world's first gay prime minister ... sort of.

Iceland's current minister of for social affairs, Johanna Sigurdardottir, is being named as a likely candidate for the position of prime minister, according to the Iceland Review.

A Social Democrat, Sigurdardottir was named as a likely replacement for prime minister Geir H. Haarde on Monday. Ingibjorg Solru;n Gisladottir, chairwoman of the Social Democrats, made the recommendation.

If named prime minister, Sigurdardottir would not only be the county's first female prime minister -- she would be the first gay prime minister in the world ... sort of.

Norway finance minister Per-Kristian Foss, who is gay, was that country's acting prime minister for a brief period in 2002 while both the prime minister and foreign minister were traveling abroad.

In a 2008 survey conducted by Iceland's Gallup Poll, Sigurdardottir was named the country's most popular politician, with 73% of respondents saying they were satisfied with her work.

The global financial crisis claimed Iceland's government as a victim last week, according to The coalition government collapsed as financial experts predicted Iceland's economy would shrink by 10% this year and next.

Haarde resigned the position of prime minister on Monday amid news of the government's collapse. (

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