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Halla Tómasdóttir in an early lead in the Icelandic presidential election

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Iceland has recently received a lot of attention for the volcanic eruption in Grindavik, but on Sunday there was a presidential election on Saga Island. The picture was taken before the weekend. Photo: Marco di Marco / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 02.06.2024 02:03:11

Policy: The received results in Sunday’s election are from the north-eastern and the southern constituencies, according to Morgunblaðið.

Iceland has around 267,000 eligible voters. With just under 13,000 votes counted on the night of Monday, Halla Tómasdóttir is on 37.2 percent.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir follows with 21.4 percent and Halla Hrund Logadóttir with 16.2 percent. In the next places are Jón Gnarr (10 per cent) and Baldur Þórhallsson (8.6 per cent).

So far, no results have been received from any of the areas in the capital Reykjavík or from the southwest.

Jakobsdottir represents the party The Left Greens and was prime minister from 2017 until April this year, when she resigned to run for president. In a country where the presidential candidates often run as party-political independents, Jakobsdottir has been criticized for being too political for the role. However, her handling of a series of volcanic eruptions recently is well regarded.

Tómasdóttir is a businesswoman and came second in the 2016 presidential election, while Logadottir is an expert on the environment and energy and is currently a professor at Harvard.

Today’s president Gudni Johannesson has been very popular and was re-elected in 2020 with a whopping 92 percent of the vote. However, he announced in his New Year’s speech that he would not stand for re-election.

In the opinion polls, Tómasdóttir, Jakobsdóttir and Logadottir have been evenly matched.

In Iceland, the president has a largely ceremonial role and must stand as a guarantor of the constitution and the national community.

(© NTB)

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