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Vigdis Finnbogadottir, the world’s first elected female president

WorldNews Friday, 31 July 2020
Vigdis Finnbogadottir, the world’s first elected female presidentWhen Vigdis Finnbogadottir assumed Iceland’s presidency on August 1 1980, she made history as the first elected female head of state in the world, and four decades later the 90-year-old remains a role-model to Icelanders. In 1980, Iceland’s Vigdis Finnbogadottir became history’s first elected head of state (AFP Photo/ERIC CABANIS) With 16 consecutive years in office, thanks to three re-elections, the former teacher and theatre director holds the record for elected female heads of state and government, though Germany’s Angela Merkel could match her next year. “She...
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