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Iceland’s president re-elected with more than 92% of the vote

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Iceland's president re-elected with more than 92% of the vote

Iceland’s president, Gudni Johannesson, won Saturday’s election with more than 92% of the vote, according to the final results of the presidential election released today. The former History professor at the University of Iceland was re-elected by winning Saturday’s one-lap suffrage, with 92.2% of the vote, out of 168,821 voters.

His opponent, businessman and economist Gudmundur Franklin Jonsson, won 7.8% of the vote. The ‘overwhelming’ voting trend was in the capital, Reykjavik, and in all regions of Iceland.

Turnout dropped to 66.9% – down from 75.7% in 2016 – when Gudni Johannesson won his first term, and 69.3% in 2012. The victory by high numbers had already been predicted by the polls, which gave between 90 to 94% of the voting intentions. This is the second highest score recorded in a presidential election in Iceland.

The country has 366,130,000 inhabitants, according to figures from the Government of Iceland, and about 250,000 registered voters.

Speaking to AFP, the now re-elected Icelandic head of state expressed his intention to stay the course.

“The result of this election is proof that my fellow citizens have approved my design of this office. And they gave me another mandate to continue to play my role the same way I did the last four years,” he said, showing himself “honored and proud.”

The president’s term of office in that country is renewable without limitation. Johannesson’s predecessor, the conservative Olafur Grimmson, served five terms (1996-2016).

Iceland also stands out in world electoral history because it was the first country to elect a woman president, Vigdis Finnbogadottir, in 1980, who held office until 1996. That country also holds the world record for the highest election, with 94.6% in 1988.

After Serbia last Sunday, and before Poland and France on Sunday, Iceland was the second country to hold elections since the start of containment measures due to the covid-19 pandemic in Europe.

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