Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson


Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson (born 20 April 1962) is an Icelandic politician, who was the Prime Minister of Iceland from April 2016 to January 2017. He is the chairman of the Progressive Party.

Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson
Minister of Transport and Local Government
Assumed office
30 November 2017
Prime MinisterKatrín Jakobsdóttir
Preceded byJón Gunnarsson
Chairman of the Progressive Party
Assumed office
2 October 2016
DeputyLilja Dögg Alfreðsdóttir
Preceded bySigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson
26th Prime Minister of Iceland
In office
7 April 2016  11 January 2017
PresidentÓlafur Ragnar Grímsson
Guðni Th. Jóhannesson
Preceded bySigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson
Succeeded byBjarni Benediktsson
Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture
In office
23 May 2013  7 April 2016
Prime MinisterSigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson
Preceded bySteingrímur J. Sigfússon
Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources
In office
23 May 2013  31 December 2014
Prime MinisterSigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson
Preceded bySvandís Svavarsdóttir
Succeeded bySigrún Magnúsdóttir
Personal details
Born (1962-04-20) 20 April 1962 (age 59)
Selfoss, Iceland
Political partyProgressive Party
Spouse(s)Ingibjörg Elsa Ingjaldsdóttir
Children5

Sigurður was appointed as the Prime Minister on 7 April 2016 following the resignation of Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson in the wake of revelations contained in the Panama Papers.[1][2][3] He was elected as chairman of the Progressive Party on 2 October that year, narrowly ahead of incumbent chairman Sigmundur Davíð.[4]

On 30 October 2016, due to the results of the parliamentary election held the previous day on 29 October 2016, Sigurður announced his pending resignation as Prime Minister.[5] He officially left office on 11 January 2017 and was succeeded by Bjarni Benediktsson.

Biography


He grew up on a farm in Southern Iceland, trained as a veterinarian at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Copenhagen and opened a veterinarian practice specializing on farm animals after returning home to Iceland. He was since elected as chairman of the Veterinarian Association of Iceland and also ran the family farm for a number of years.

Sigurður served as Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture 2013–2016. He is a former Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources, a role which he held jointly with Fisheries and Agriculture until Sigrún Magnúsdóttir was appointed Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources at the end of 2014.

As a result of the ousting of prime minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson following the Panama Papers scandal, the Progressive Party announced Sigurður as the interim prime minister pending the early election in the fall of 2016.[6]

He has been Minister of Transportation and Local Government since the 30 November 2017.

References


  1. "Iceland Government Coalition Appoints Johannsson as New PM-Progressive Party MP". The New York Times. Reuters. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  2. Hafstad, Vala (6 April 2016). "Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson Iceland's New PM". Iceland Review. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  3. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (6 April 2016). "Johannsson to Seek Approval to Become Iceland's Next PM". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  4. "Sigurður Ingi kjörinn formaður Framsóknar". 2016-10-02. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  5. Iceland’s prime minister resigns, after Pirate Party makes strong gains Alaska News, 1 November 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2016
  6. Hafstad, Vala (2016-04-06). "Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson Iceland's New PM". Iceland Review. Retrieved 2016-05-28.