Johanna Sigurdardottir, an openly lesbian woman, has made history by becoming the first ever gay Prime Minister of a country.
Sigurdardottir (66) was sworn into office as the prime minister of Iceland on Sunday.
Her appointment follows the resignation of the country’s previous prime minister, Geir Haarde, and his cabinet just over a week ago.
A former flight attendant, igurdardottir was the minister of social affairs and social security in the the outgoing cabinet. She is reported to be the most popular minister in parliament, according to recent polls.
Her historic achievement may be short-lived however: igurdardottir was asked by the President to head up an interim government until the next election – which could take place as early as April.
The resignation of Iceland’s government was prompted by public pressure following an unprecedented economic crisis which put the country’s economy in danger of completely collapsing.
In December, the International Monetary Fund began a $2.1bn bailout programme to support Iceland’s ailing economy.
igurdardottir ‘s partner is the fifty-four-year-old Icelandic author, playwright and journalist Jónína Leósdóttir.