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Social Democrat Leader Standing for Re-election

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Social Democrat Leader Standing for Re-election

Árni Páll Árnarson

Árni Páll Árnason. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

Árni Páll Árnason, leader of the Social Democrats in Iceland, has announced he will stand for re-election as party leader.

Árni held a press conference this afternoon where he announced that he will seek to remain leader at the party’s conference, to be held in Reykjavík on June 3 and 4.

It was decided earlier this year that the party would hold a national conference in the spring and that a leadership election would take place. Last year, Árni Páll was surprised to find a rival to his leadership, announced just one day before the conference started, RÚV reports.

Sigríður Ingibjörg Ingadóttir put her name forth for party leadership at the last minute and Árni Páll won the ballot by one single vote.

The current leader told reporters he is putting in concerted effort to reawaken trust in the Social Democrats by unifying the party—saying the time has come to start working differently.

“The main point is that I think the party leader needs to explain for party members where he wants to go and if he has no further insight into that then it is logical he should not stand again. I have a vision for how to proceed and I want to invite people to share it with me and the only sensible consequence is to stand again for election as leader,” Árni Páll said at the press conference.

Four other prominent party members have already announced that they plan to stand as party leader: Guðmundur Ari Sigurjónsson, Helgi Hjörvar, Magnús Orri Schram and Oddný G. Harðardóttir. Árni Páll was elected leader at the national conference in 2013 and took over the reins from Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir.

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