It’s been reported that a lesbian is likely to become the prime minister of Iceland, which would make her the first ever openly gay leader of a nation.

Johanna Sigurdardottir (66), the country’s Minister for Social Affairs, has agreed to take the position as long as she feels there is sufficient support from a parliamentary coalition.

This follows the previous prime minister and cabinet standing down as the result of an unprecedented economic crisis which has put the country in danger of going bankrupt.

While an election has been called for early May, Sigurdardottir has been asked by the President to head up an interim government as prime minister.

According to a recent opinion poll, she is the county’s most popular minister. With 30 years under her belt as an MP, Sigurdardottir is the longest-serving female member of parliament.

Her partner is the well-known Icelandic author, playwright and journalist Jónína Leósdóttir.

In December, the International Monetary Fund began a $2.1bn bailout programme to support Iceland’s economy.

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