A new three-party government coalition headed by Aksel V. Johannesen as Prime Minister was officially announced in the Faroes on December 22nd. The coalition parties — Javnaðarflokkurin (Social Democrats), Tjóðveldi (Republicans) and Framsókn (Progressives) — are the same three political parties that controlled the executive arm of the Faroese Government from 2015 to 2019, also then with Mr. Johannesen, the leader of Javnaðarflokkurin, as Prime Minster.
Prime Minister Johannesen’s 9-member cabinet of government ministers who took office on Thursday, are the following:
Aksel V. Johannesen (Javnaðarflokkurin), Prime Minister;
Høgni Hoydal (Tjóðveldi), Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Deputy Prime Minister;
Dennis Holm (Tjóðveldi), Minister of Fisheries;
Ruth Vang (Framsókn), Minister of Finance;
Margit Stórá (Javnaðarflokkurin), Minister of Health;
Djóni Nolsøe Joensen (Javnaðarflokkurin), Minister for Children and Education;
Ingilín D. Strøm (Javnaðarflokkurin), Minister of Environment;
Sirið Stenberg (Tjóðveldi), Minister of Social Affairs and Culture;
Bjarni K. Petersen (Framsókn), Minister of Justice and Internal Affairs.
With four women and five men, the new government cabinet is clearly more diversified or balanced in terms of gender, compared to its all-male predecessor.
In related news, meanwhile, another female advance was noted as Bjørt Samuelsen (Tjóðveldi) on December 22th, was unanimously elected by the Løgting, the Faroese parliament, as its new Chair. Ms. Samuelsen is the second female to hold that office. The late Marita Petersen (Javnaðarflokkurin), the first woman to hold it, in 1994 to 1995, was also the first, as so far the only, woman to have served as Prime Minister from 1993 to 1994.