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Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is an Icelandic politician and the current Prime Minister of Iceland. She had previously been Iceland's Minister of Social Affairs and Social Security from 1987-1994 and 2007-2009. She has been a member of the Althing (Iceland's parliament) for Reykjavík constituencies since 1978, winning re-election on eight successive occasions. She became Iceland's first female Prime Minister on 1 February 2009; she also became the world's first openly gay head of government of the modern era.Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is a social democrat and Iceland's longest-serving member of Parliament. In the 1990s, when she lost a bid to head the party, she lifted her fist and declared "Minn tími mun koma!" ("My time will come!"), a phrase that became a popular Icelandic expression.Jóhanna married porvaldur Steinar Jóhannesson in 1970 and the couple had two sons (born 1972 and 1977).After Jóhanna's divorce, Jónína Leósdóttir (born 1954), an author and playwright, became her lesbian life partner. The couple was joined in a civil union in 2002.