From Iceland — Social Democratic Alliance Elects New Chairman

Social Democratic Alliance Elects New Chairman

Published February 4, 2013

The Social Democratic Alliance, the party of current Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, announced the election of a new Chairman at their general meeting on 2 February, RÚV reports.
Árni Páll Árnason replaced the Prime Minister as the party’s Chairman after receiving 61.8% of votes to beat out his opponent, Minister of Welfare Guðbjartur Hannesson, who received 37.6% support from voters. 5,621 of 18,318 total registered party voters cast a ballot.
A lawyer by training, Árni Páll has served as a Member of Parliament for the Social Democratic Alliance since 2007, acting as Minister of Social Affairs in 2009-10 before becoming Minister of Business Affairs in September 2010, a post he held through the end of 2011.
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