Earth scientist Ari Trausti Guðmundsson announced at a press conference yesterday that he intends to run for office of President of Iceland this summer. He stated society must be steered towards the right path and that ethical discussions must be encouraged.
Bessastaðir, the presidential residence. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
“I refer to increased responsibility, fairness and philanthropy. I also believe it is necessary to work towards increasing our connections with nature,” Ari said, adding that he is backed by his friends and family and that his candidacy is independent from politics, ruv.is reports.
“I believe there is room for such a candidacy, for a scientist, writer, a man with extensive experience and varied knowledge. I draw experience from many years of work and travels all around the world. I have also tried to familiarize myself with different fields of science. So overall, I believe this is a good choice,” he concluded.
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