Eyþór Arnalds, an Independence Party city councillor who ran for mayor in the last municipal elections, has announced his withdrawal from the primary elections of the party next spring. Eyþór announced his decision on Facebook, where he emphasised that the reasons for his withdrawal were personal, not political.
Eyþór, who is currently the leader of the Independence Party in Reykjavik, had previously announced his decision to run for re-election in 2022. However, his party colleague Hildur Björnsdóttir said she had decided to run against him in the primary elections two weeks ago. She secured second place in the last primaries and has been working side by side with Eyþór for the past term.
In his announcement on Facebook last night, Eyþór implied that his decision was not influenced by Hildur’s candidacy against him.
“I am sure that the Independence Party will have great electoral success this spring and those who know me are aware that I am not afraid of negative results in the primary elections. It should also be emphasised that the decision is unrelated to the arrangement of the elections that is currently being favoured by the party, and the members of the party who have announced their candidacy,” Eyþór said on Facebook.
The primaries will take place in the spring of 2022, followed by municipal elections in May. If Hildur’s candidacy remains unchallenged, she will become the mayoral candidate for the Independence Party.