Independents to Vote New Chair and Vice-Chair

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Independents to Vote New Chair and Vice-Chair

The central committee of the Independence Party, the largest opposition party in Iceland, accepted chairman Bjarni Benediktsson’s proposal on Monday to speed-up the party’s national convention so that party members can vote on its new leadership.

Chairman of the Independence Party Bjarni Benediktsson. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The party’s vice-chair, Thorgerdur Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, resigned last weekend. Benediktsson is hoping to be re-elected.

Kristján Thór Júlíusson, who received 40 percent of the votes when he ran for chair against Benediktsson last year, told Morgunbladid that he has not considered renewing his candidacy.

“I believe people have to work through what has happened before such speculations begin,” Júlíusson said.

RÚV has also mentioned Mayor of Reykjavík Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir as a likely candidate.

The national convention will be held either in June or at the end of the summer. Until then, the party will be without a vice-chairperson.

Click here to read more about Gunnarsdóttir’s resignation.