Guðni Th. Jóhannesson Celebrates Apparent Victory
Historian and Associate Professor Guðni Th. Jóhannesson appeared on RÚV television shortly after midnight and celebrated what appears to be his victory in Iceland’s presidential election, surrounded by supporters at Grand Hotel. He also celebrated his birthday.
“Not all the votes have been counted,” he stated, “but I think victory is in our hands. It’s no more complicated than that.” He thanked his supporters and said people could put their trust in him. “The future is bright. Let’s celebrate our existence,” he declared.
There are 245,004 registered voters in Iceland. When 87,293 votes had been counted, Guðni had received 38.6 percent of the vote, businesswoman Halla Tómasdóttir 29.4 percent, author and environmentalist Andri Snær Magnason 13.9 percent, Morgunblaðið editor Davíð Oddsson 13 percent, truck driver Sturla Jónsson 3.7 percent, and all other candidates less than one percent. Absentee votes had not yet been counted.