41 years old Woman , Iceland’s new Prime Minister

FILE - In this file photo dated Saturday Oct. 28, 2017, Katrin Jakobsdottir leader of the Left Green Movement after casting her ballot, during the general election in Reykjavik, Iceland. Iceland has announced a broad new governing three-party coalition, Thursday Nov. 30, 2017, with Jakobsdottir as prime minister, a month after Icelanders voted for the third time in four years.(AP Photo/Brynjar Gunnarsson, FILE)

Katrin Jakobsdottir plans to make the small island nation a world-leader in fighting climate change. Her Left-Green Movement will lead a coalition government with two parties across the political spectrum in the hope it gives Iceland some ‘stability’.

The country has been rocked by a cycle of scandals that have triggered three elections in the past four years. A snap election was called by former PM Bjarni Benediktsson in September over a furore caused by his father suggesting a paedophile, who repeatedly raped his stepdaughter for 12 years, should have his ‘honour restored’.

Leader of the Left-Green movement (VG) in Iceland, Katrin Jakobsdottir meets people at a stand of her party set up at the Kringlan shopping mall in Reykjavik on October 25, 2017. Iceland on October 28, 2017 holds its second snap election in just a year after multiple scandals ensnaring its leaders, a sign of no end in sight to crisis in a nation with a thriving economy fuelled by booming tourism. / AFP PHOTO / Halldor KOLBEINS (Photo credit should read HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images)

Less than a year earlier, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson stepped aside as prime minister amid public fury over the Panama Papers revealing his family had sheltered money in offshore tax havens. In an attempt to break with the past, Jakobsdottir campaigned on a platform of restoring trust in government and leveraged a boom in tourism to increase public spending.

It is important that we try to change the way we work together,’ she said announcing the coalition on Thursday. ‘This agreement strikes a new chord.’ Jakobsdottir comes from a family of prominent poets, and before getting into politics, she studied literature with a special interest in Icelandic crime novels.

Jakobsdottir’s cabinet will be comprised of three members of her Left-Green party, five from the right-wing Independence Party and three from the Progressive Party. ‘In the new government, parties spanning the political spectrum from left to right intend to establish a new tone,’ a statement issued by the new prime minister’s office said.

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