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Six Candidates Eye Iceland’s Presidential Office

By Iceland Review

Six persons have announced their candidacy for President of Iceland now that there are less than three months until the election on June 30, including current President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, even though he indicated in his New Year’s Day speech that he wouldn’t run again for office.


Bessastaðir, the presidential residence. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

The other candidates are Ástþór Magnússon, entrepreneur in Reykjavík, Jón Lárusson, police officer in Selfoss, Hannes Bjarnason, farmer from Eyhildarholt in Skagafjörður who currently resides in Norway, law professor Herdís Þorgeirsdóttir and journalist and television presenter Þóra Arnórsdóttir.

Þóra is the latest candidate to announce her decision; she revealed her intention at a press conference on Wednesday.

A few others are said to be considering running for the presidential office, including chair of the University of Iceland’s Institute of Ethics Salvör Nordal, University of Iceland rector Kristín Ingólfsdóttir and journalist and author Elín Hirst.

Click here to read more about the upcoming presidential elections.


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