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Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir.

Former Education Minister Recruited by Reform Party

DV reports today that former education minister and former deputy chair of the Independence Party, Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, will be leading the list of candidates for the new Reform Party in the Southwest Iceland constituency in this fall’s election.

Lilja Dögg Alfreðsdóttir

National Security Council Established

Foreign Minister Lilja Alfreðsdóttir’s bill on the establishment of a National Security Council was passed at Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, yesterday. The council will be responsible for Iceland’s policy on national security and will be chaired by the prime minister.

Press conference

Independents Trump Pirates in New Survey

The Independence Party has reclaimed its position as Iceland’s largest political party with a 24.6 percent support ranking, a new survey by MMR, shows. The Pirate Party, which has topped most polls for the past year and a half, is down to 22.4 percent.

Foreign ministers sign agreement.

West Nordics Increase Cooperation

Today, the foreign ministers of Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland signed a declaration regarding a plan to look into the advantages of establishing a three-way free trade agreement between the countries.

Reykjavík Pride Parade, President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson

President Turns Down PM’s Escort to Airport

President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson has announced that he would like to change the tradition that the official who becomes acting president while the president is abroad—most often the prime minister—escorts the president to Iceland’s boarders.

Press conference

Measures to Lift Capital Controls

A draft resolution introduced yesterday by Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson and Prime Minister Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson includes measures which would be a big step toward the lifting of capital controls in Iceland.

 Bjarni Benediktsson and Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson

Program for First-Time Homebuyers Introduced

Yesterday, Prime Minister Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson and Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson introduced a new program called First Home, meant to make it easier for young people to purchase their first home.

Presidential inauguration

First Lady Wears Historical Costume

First Lady Eliza Reid wore an impressive Icelandic national costume (skautbúningur) at the presidential inauguration in Alþingishús, the Icelandic parliamentary building, yesterday.

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