I noted earlier this morning the news that Iceland’s government has collapsed and that Social Affairs Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir will likely be the new prime minister until elections can be held in May.
Via Andrew Sullivan, though, I see that Iceland Review has a bit of trivia that justifies mention as a standalone post rather than a mere update: “If Sigurdardóttir does become prime minister, 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.”
(Andrew titles his post, “Lesbian Gets Second Worst Job In The World” in what one presumes is an homage to November’s bit in The Onion, “Black Man Given Nation’s Worst Job.”)
Regardless, presuming that Sigurdardóttir does indeed get the nod, her sexuality will almost certainly have been an afterthought at most: “According to an opinion poll undertaken by Capacent Gallup in December 2008, Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir is the most popular minister—73 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with her work. Sigurdardóttir is also the only minister whose popularity had increased compared to a similar poll undertaken in December 2007.”
James Joyner is managing editor of the Atlantic Council.