Iceland's new PM, a vet in the eye of the storm

Iceland's new prime minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson of the Progressive Party arrives at the President's residence in Reykjavik, on April 7, 2016Iceland’s new prime minister, 53-year-old Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson, is a veterinarian by training now stepping into the political storm that ousted his predecessor, as his party’s choice but not a favourite with voters. Johannsson, who has held Iceland’s key cabinet portfolio of fisheries and agriculture since 2013, was formally sworn in as prime minister on Thursday after mass protests pushed Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson to quit over a hidden offshore account revealed in the so-called Panama Papers leak. Johannsson is perhaps best known for staunchly defending the interests of the agricultural sector, of particular concern to his Progressive Party whose voter base is traditionally found in the rural areas outside the capital Reykjavik.

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