Parliamentarian Guðmundur* Steingrímsson (pictured) and Heiða Kristín Helgadóttir, managing director of Mayor of Reykjavík Jón Gnarr’s Best Party, announced the establishment of a new party to run in the next parliamentary election in Iceland, scheduled to take place in 2013, at a press conference at the Nordic House yesterday.
The new party lacks a name yet it already has a website, heimasidan.is, where its goals are listed and a competition to find a good name for the new party has been launched.
The goals are establishing a green economy, creating “lots of jobs,” good schools and a good healthcare system, promoting sustainable use of energy, fearless cooperation with foreign states, democracy and peace.
Guðmundur was elected to Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, for the Progressive Party, in the last parliamentary election in 2009. His father and grandfather both served as prime ministers for the party in the last century. He now stands as an independent.
As the Best Party’s campaign manager, Heiða Kristín turned it into the biggest party in Reykjavík in the last municipal election in mid-2010, which was the first time the party participated in an election. The new party will run at the national level.
Click here to read more about Guðmundur and the Best Party.
* The Icelandic letter ð is pronounced like th in that.