Swearing-In of New Gay Woman Prime Minister In Ireland
Sunday the New York Times reported that Johanna Sigurdardottir, 66, was the first gay female prime minister to be sworn in as the leader of a coalition government of Iceland's social Democrats and its Left-Green Movement for three months until the future election set for April 25.
Asked to be the new head of government, Ms. Sigurdardottir will lead a new government by repairing Ireland's banks which were nationalized last fall to save them from going under with multi-billion dollar debts.
Her reputation is well-known as she started her political career as a union organizer with Icelandair, the national airline which she had worked as a flight attendant for more than 30 years.
According to a spokesman for Iceland's National Association of Queers, Frosti Johnsson said, "Iceland is a small society and the public know Sigurdardottir stands for as a politician, and that's the only thing that is important."
The BBC reported that Ms. Sigurdardottir will take over the previous coalition cabinet of PM Geir Haarde as interim prime minister which fell apart last month due to the stress of a huge economic crisis.
First elected to Iceland's parliamentary in 1978, Ms. Sigurdardottir said her priorities include replacing the board of governors of the central bank and asking a parliamentary committee to consider the idea of entering the European Union.