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President of Iceland Honored for Fight against Drugs

Icelandic President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson received a lifetime achievement award for his fight against drugs and leading anti-drug campaigns at home and abroad at the ECAD (European Cities Against Drugs) convention in Ireland on Thursday.


President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

ECAD chair Jim Corr said in his address that Ólafur Ragnar had from the start been patron for the project “European youngsters against drugs”, reports.

On the project’s behalf around 20 European cities have launched campaigns modeled on Icelandic experience in preventive measures and studies carried out at the University of Iceland and Reykjavík University.

According to Morgunblaðið, the president celebrated his 69th birthday with his wife Dorrit Moussaieff—it was also their anniversary—in Grindavík, southwest Iceland, on Monday.

Among party guests was 96-year-old former captain Þórhallur Gíslason from neighboring Sandgerði, whose birthday was also May 14.

Ólafur Ragnar, who is seeking reelection as president, launched his campaign in a radio interview on Sunday.

In other news of the presidential election, candidate Jón Lárusson, police officer in Selfoss, announced on Monday that he has decided to withdraw from the presidential race as he couldn’t collect enough signatures from referees before the deadline.

Click here to read more about the interview with Ólafur Ragnar and here to read about other presidential candidates.


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