辞任したゲイル・ホルデ/Geir Haarde 首相(独立党 Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn)の後継として、アイスランドでは、社会民主同盟 Samfylkingin のヨハンナ・シグルザルドッティル社会問題・社会保障相(Johanna Sigurdardottir、b.1942)が首相に任命される見通しとなった。

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir


シグルザルドッティル社会問題相はレズビアンであることを公言している議員で、2002年に作家のJónína Leósdóttir さんと(同性婚に準じる)シビル・パートナーを結んでいる。

Iceland ready to endorse first openly gay PM [Guardian]

For Sigurdardottir, Iceland's longest serving MP, it has been a long and somewhat circuitous route to the top. Three decades ago, she was a cabin attendant and union official, the mother of two sons and married to a banker.

Her union connections brought her into politics, first as an MP in 1978, then as a minister in 1987 and vice-chairman of the party. By the mid 1990s, she was challenging for the top party job. On being defeated she predicted "my time will come", a phrase that has since become a standard aphorism in the Icelandic language.

"She has credible compassion with those less well off and a willingness to improve their lot," said her then rival, Jon Baldvin Hannibalsson. But in an interview with the daily Morgunbladid, he added: "She is a loner, focused but narrow-minded."

She formed her own party in 1995, but was back with the Social Democrats in 2000, and rejoined the government as social affairs minister in 2007.

In 2002, at the age of 60, she married Jonina Leosdottir, a writer, in a civil ceremony.

“Now we need a strong government that works with the people,”

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Samfylkingin/Social Democratic Alliance

Manifesto of the Social Democratic Alliance

"The Social Democratic Alliance is a political party dedicated to the objectives and methods of the Social Democratic Movement. The policy of the party is based on the principles of freedom and democracy, women’s liberation, equal rights and social responsibility. "

経済破たんのアイスランド、新首相に世界初の同性愛者か [CNN]




このCNN.co.jp の記事についてちょっと補足しておきたい。「英国では1人、米国では3人の議員が、同性愛者であることを公表している」との記述があるが、アメリカはともかく、イギリスについては先日のエントリーで保守党「影の内閣」のメンバーである二人のゲイの議員を紹介したばかりなので「?」と思って、CNN.com のほうの記事を見てみたら

Britain has only one openly lesbian member of Parliament, Angela Eagle of the Labour party, Nunn said. The United States currently has three openly gay members of Congress -- Democratic Reps. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Barney Frank of Massachusetts and Jared Polis of Colorado.

ここでは、オープンリー・レズビアンの議員は一人ということをだった。労働党のアンジェラ・イーグル議員(Angela Eagle、b.1961)だ。
[Angela Eagle]