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Wikileaks: US Says Iceland’s President Is Unpredictable

Documents written at the US Embassy in Iceland before the 2007 parliamentary elections leaked by Wikileaks describe President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson as one of the unpredictable factors that might impact developments after the elections.


Grímsson announces his decision not to sign the media legislation in 2004. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

The document states that the president has on a few occasions been in dispute with the Independence Party-Progressive Party coalition, among other issues regarding the media ownership legislation which he refused to sign in 2004, reports.

Experts within the Independence Party-Progressive Party coalition were quoted in the documents, speculating that as Grímsson might be convinced that the current coalition would have devastating consequences for Iceland, he might grant one of the left-wing parties the right to forge a new coalition.

The Independence Party won the majority of the electorate in the election but the Progressive Party, on the other hand, lost significant support. The Independence Party forged a coalition with the Social Democrats.

Almost one year later when Grímsson announced in his New Year’s speech that he would run for a fourth term in office, Neil Klopfenstein, an employee of the US Embassy, remarked that with the move Grímsson decided to postpone his plans for launching an international career, such as with the United Nations.

Klopfenstein also stated that Grímsson postponed the publishing of his biography in English for the same reason. The biography was believed to be a part of the president’s preparations for moving onto the global arena.

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