As his four-year term draws to a close, Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson has announced he will run for re-election. Guðni made the announcement during the President’s traditional New Year address.
Guðni Th. was elected President of Iceland in June 2016 and has enjoyed consistent popularity, with approval ratings of 77-85% throughout most of his term, RÚV reports. Guðni is a historian, and prior to being elected president was a docent at the University of Iceland. It’s not only his performance of official duties that contributes to his popularity. Despite his busy schedule, Guðni finds time for mountain-climbing, picking up trash on the presidential residence, and even the occasional dip in the ocean.
In his New Year address, the President thanked Icelanders for their support as well as allowing him to have privacy in his family life, something “[h]eads of state in most other countries cannot necessarily expect.” He emphasised the need to act on the climate crisis, saying it “respects no borders, and we must respond to it,” yet urged Icelanders to look to the future with hope.
A full English translation of the address is available on the President’s website.
The upcoming presidential election will be held on June 27. If no candidacy against Guðni is announced, he will be reappointed President without an election.