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Iceland’s PM Johanna Sigurdardottir dismissed Minister to create more unity in Cabinet for economic slump

 Iceland's Social Affairs Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir speaks to the media following party negotiations in Reykjavik, Iceland, Wednesday Jan. 28, 2...
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 Iceland's Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir speaks in Iceland's parliament, in Reykjavik  Friday Jan. 8, 2010 as the parliament debated a bill to...

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Iceland’s Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir shifted Economy Minister Arni Pall Arnason and Fisheries and Agriculture Minister Jon Bjarnason in order to create more unity in the Cabinet as the island emerges from its economic and financial slump in 2008.


Finance Minister Steingrimur J. Sigfusson stated in a television broadcast on Iceland’s Channel 2 in Reykjavik that he will take over Arnason duties. He will also replace Bjarnason, who has opposed an application for European Union membership. Oddny G. Hardardottir, a party member of the premier’s Social Democrats, will take over as finance minister, according to Bloomberg.


The second reshuffle is since the government took office in April 2009 and comes 17 months before the next parliamentary elections. “The demands for my resignation from the government, which has current held due to” of my “position toward Iceland joining the European Union,” Bjarnason declared in an e- mailed statement. “Without a doubt my departure will please many of those who vigorously fight for Iceland’s unconditional membership of EU.”


Updated : 2021-01-22 18:50 GMT+08:00