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Halla Tómasdóttir in leadership in the Icelandic presidential election


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 03:13:02

Policy: Early night to Sunday local time, votes from all constituencies except the southwest have started to come in, according to the overview of Morgunblaðið.

Iceland has around 267,000 eligible voters. With just over 69,000 votes counted, Halla Tómasdóttir is on 33.6 percent.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir follows with 26.4 per cent and Halla Hrund Logadóttir with 14.2 per cent. In the next places are Jón Gnarr (10.7 per cent) and Baldur Þórhallsson (8.3 per cent).

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.

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