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Three Presidential Candidates Leave Stöð 2 Program

Presidential candidates Ari Trausti Guðmundsson, Andrea J. Ólafsdóttir and Hannes Bjarnason walked out of the live debate hosted by television channel Stöð 2 at the Harpa concert hall yesterday evening, urging the other candidates to do the same.


Ari Trausti Guðmundsson. Source: Facebook.

“It is clear that the debate we were invited to is in fact a Q&A session with two and two candidates each time and not a debate between all six candidates. We learned this today, and moreover that Þóra and Ólafur Ragnar will be together at the end as originally planned,” Ari Trausti announced during the live broadcast, reports.

Originally, Stöð 2 had only invited Þóra Arnórsdóttir and Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson to participate in the debate on the grounds that they were way ahead of other candidates in surveys.

The decision was harshly criticized and Þóra announced that she wouldn’t participate in the debate under such circumstances, and therefore Stöð 2 invited the four other candidates to join her and Ólafur Ragnar.

However, only two and two candidates were to be given the chance to speak each time and the pairs were ordered alphabetically.

This meant that Ari Trausti and Andrea were to start, Hannes and Herdís Þorgeirsdóttir to follow and Ólafur Ragnar and Þóra to come last.

“At the very least we made the decisive request in a press release today [June 3] that the order of candidates would be random, both regarding timing and pairs,” Ari Trausti continued.

Andrea added: “The medium rejected our request due to technical reasons, less than an hour before the scheduled broadcast. Therefore I, Ari Trausti and Hannes, decided to leave the debate and encourage Þóra and Ólafur Ragnar to do the same.”

“Democracy is equality and equality is human rights. We want to be treated fairly by all media,” Andrea concluded. Then the three candidates proceeded to leave the hall while the audience applauded. A short break was made subsequently.

Among the most prominent issue discussed by the three remaining candidates was the role and power of the president. They all agreed that the president’s right to refer bills to national referendums was important.

Ólafur Ragnar and Herdís spoke of a situation of uncertainty in society, while Þóra declared the future to be bright, stating that the president’s role should be one of unification.

Click here to read more about the upcoming presidential election on June 30 and related stories.


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