Iceland

Guðni Jóhannesson elected President of Iceland


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Dr. Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson appears to have an unassailable lead in the presidential election and has been declared the winner. With more than two thirds of the vote counted Dr. Jóhannesson has 38% of the vote, more than 10% than his closest rival, Halla Tómasdóttir who is on 29.4%.

There are 245,004 registered voters but turnout was expected to be low because something like one in every ten voters is in Paris for the Euro 2016 championship where Iceland plays against England tomorrow.

The position of president is largely ceremonial but with distrust in politicians running high the new president will be important in brining stability to the administration. He will be sworn in on 1st August.

You can find a biography of Dr. Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson on Wikipedia here.

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