Iceland

Presidential vote today


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Icelandic voters go to the polls today to elect a new person for the largely ceremonial post of President.

Unusually there are eight candidates going for the post which is rarely contested. The incumbent Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson is expected to win. Capacent Gallup in its latest poll gave him 50.8% of the vote compared with his closest rival the 37 year old Thóra Arnórsdóttir who was leading early in the campaign but then had to break to have a baby; she is on 33.6% according to the poll.

There are 235,784 eligible electors and voting will take place between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. local time.

Both of the frontrunners are either against or cool about the idea of Iceland joining the European Union. Ms Arnórsdóttir has stated that she does not think this is a matter for the president to decide.

Results are expected later today.

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