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Photo: Art Bicnick. Halla Tómasdóttir at Bessastaðir.

Halla Tómasdóttir Elected President of Iceland

Halla Tómasdóttir will be the seventh President of Iceland, RÚV has declared.

The 55-year-old businesswoman and CEO of B Team had a significant lead in all districts this morning when 191,065 votes had been counted. She had received 65,669 votes, a 34.6% share 0f the total votes, leading second-place Katrín Jakobsdóttir, former Prime Minister and leader of the Left-Green Movement, by a significant margin.

“I think people want to discuss our society and take part in it,” Halla said at her campaign celebration in the early hours this morning. “I feel the energy of the people who have joined me on this journey.”

Halla surged in recent weeks

Katrín Jakobsdóttir, who was ahead in the polls for much of the campaign, had 47,398 votes, or 25%. Director General of Iceland’s National Energy Authority Halla Hrund Logadóttir followed with 28,636 votes, or 15.1%, with comedian and former mayor Jón Gnarr and Professor Baldur Þórhallsson in fourth and fifth place.

I “want to congratulate her and I know she’ll be a good President,” Katrín said when Halla’s victory was becoming clear.

Three of the six voting districts had completed their count at the time of this writing, while many absentee ballots were yet to be counted. RÚV analysts, however, considered it highly unlikely that the results could change, as Halla Tómasdóttir’s lead was significant.

Halla was only polling at around 5% in early May, but gained traction in recent weeks. She previously ran for President in 2016, coming in second with 28% of the vote.

A closer election expected

Outgoing President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, who triumphed over Halla in 2016, said last night that her message had obviously been well received by the voting public. He added that Katrín had faced tough questions about how she entered the race when she resigned as Prime Minister and leader of the Left-Green Movement in the middle of her term to run for President.

“Most of those who spoke publicly about the election race expected it to be closer,” Guðni said. His term comes to an end on August 1, when Halla and her family move into Bessastaðir, the President’s residence on the Álftanes peninsula. She will be the second woman to hold the office after Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, who was the first woman in the world to be democratically elected as president in 1980.

“I only see one team in Iceland and that’s Icelanders,” Halla told Iceland Review in an interview during the campaign. “[We] can make Bessastaðir the home for our national compass.”

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