Johanna Sigurdardottir, the openly lesbian minister of social affairs, will take over Iceland’s failed government as prime minister. This after Iceland’s Social Democratic Alliance Party designated her as the choice to fill the spot after Monday’s collapse of the coalition government. Unfortunately for Sigurdardottir, Iceland is a mess. The country has been virtually bankrupted by the Global Financial Hobo Apocalypse and the country’s unemployment has skyrocketed as foreign money washes offshore.
The Washington Blade reports that despite the country looking like it’s headed for Valhalla, Icelanders support their new PM:
The Icelandic Review, a daily English-language newspaper in Iceland, reported Tuesday that a national public opinion poll conducted in December found Sigurdardottir to be the most popular minister in the country. Seventy-three percent of poll respondents indicated they were satisfied with her work, the newspaper reported.
The newspaper said Sigurdardottir also was the only one of the country’s ministers – officials who head government departments or agencies – whose popularity had increased since a similar poll was taken one year earlier.
“If Sigurdaroadottir [sic] does become prime minister,” the Icelandic Review reported, “she will be the first woman to serve as prime minister in the country’s history and also the first openly gay prime minister in the world.”