Monday, February 02, 2009

Iceland appoints new premier & Left-Greens may lead new government

Green Change : Iceland appoints new lesbian premier, Left-Greens lead new government: "Iceland’s new government named Johanna Sigurdardottir, a Social Democrat Cabinet minister and former airline hostess, as the island’s first female prime minister after the economic collapse toppled the previous administration.

Sigurdardottir, 66, will lead an interim government of the Social Democratic Alliance and the Left Green Movement until a snap election is held, President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson said in a televised speech today in Reykjavik. The date of the election will be decided later today."

Polls suggest that the LeftGreens may end up being the biggest party in the Athlingi (Parliament).
A couple of years ago we met up with the Nordic Greens in Tim Beaumont's (RIP) rooms at the House of Lords. The Green Left from iceland were there. Didn't think much of it at the time. Democratic electoral systems are a wonderful thing.

The First Past the Post system should be chucked into the dustbin of history, along with an unelected House of Lords, Brown Envelopes (Ban the Bung!), and unregulated financial markets, to name but a few. And we do not mean at some indefinite time in the future, we mean in real time.

Good luck to our green friends in Iceland!

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