Chairman of the Left-Green Movement, Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, announced Saturday that he will not be running for re-election as party Chairman, thereby passing over the chance to be Prime minister, should his party win the most seats in the April elections.
Steingrímur had already decided at the time of the last elections that he would likely not continue beyond the current term, but had not made any announcements about his political future simply because the matter had never really been brought up, RÚV reports.
Speaking of his time spent as Minister of Finance Steingrímur said “I had come into this position with the mindset that what the country needed was not a man who was preoccupied with his fate come the next elections, rather it needed a person with the courage and determination to undertake the necessary actions to make the country as financially stable as possible. I believe we have achieved this in as socially consciously a way as could be.”
The Left-Green Movement’s national congress will be held this upcoming weekend. Current Minister of Education, Science and Culture, and party Vice-Chairman Katrín Jakobsdóttir will seek election for party Chairman.