Candidates for President of Iceland waiting on incumbent to make first move

Potential candidates to become the next President of Iceland are apparently holding off on nominating themselves until the encumbant, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, states without any doubt that he will not stand again.

Ólafur’s fourth term in office is coming to a close and the new official presidential term begins on 1st August this year. The presidential election is scheduled for 30th June and all nominations for candidates must be received at least five weeks before the election; or before 26th May.

In his new year speech, the President strongly intimated that he will not stand for re-election; but he has yet to rule it out categorically.

The President was pushed on the point in a RÚV interview on Friday and refused again to say either way.

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson remains a popular choice for next president in opinion polls and pressure is growing on him to declare whether or not he will stand for a record-breaking fifth time.

It is believed that most possible candidates are holding off nominating themselves until the issue has been cleared up.