Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir has announced that she will not run for office again.
Jóhanna has been a member of parliament since 1978, and has been active both within the Social Democrats in particular and in parliament in general. She has served as Minister of Social Affairs during the previous Independence Party/Social Democrat coalition, and was made Prime Minister after emergency elections were held in 2009.
Yesterday, she announced that she was retiring from politics, and will neither run again for chairmanship of the Social Democrats nor as Prime Minister. With parliamentary elections next spring, this leaves the question open of who will run instead.
Vísir reports that most Social Democrats have expressed surprise at the decision, and regret seeing her leave. No one has of yet stepped forward to announce their intention to run as chairperson of the Social Democrats.
She reportedly put a lot of thought into the decision, discussing it with other members of her party and with her family. In the end, she decided that she had spent enough time in politics, and that someone else should take on the mantle.