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Former Prime Minister of Iceland Passes Away

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Former Prime Minister of Iceland Passes Away

Former Prime Minister of Iceland and chairman of the Progressive Party Steingrímur Hermannsson passed away in his home at age 81 yesterday. An electrical engineer by education, Hermannsson was first elected to parliament in 1971.

He served as an MP for the West Fjords constituency from 1971 to 1987 and for the Reykjanes constituency from 1987 to 1994, Morgunbladid reports.

Hermannnson was Minister of Justice, Ecclesiastical Affairs and Agriculture 1978-1979, Minister of Fisheries and Transport 1980-1983, Prime Minister 1983-1987 and Foreign Minister 1987-1988. He returned to the chair of Prime Minister in 1988 and served that position until 1991.

In 1994, Hermannsson was appointed Central Bank governor and served that position for four years. After retirement, Hermannsson was involved in environmental issues. He married twice and has six children. His widow is Gudlaug Edda Gudmundsdóttir.

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