The next president of Iceland is an author, historian and associate university professor. Guðni Th. Jóhannesson seems to have secured just under 40% of the vote. Numbers coming in are showing a strong signal that Mgr. Johannesson will be the Islands next president.
All 6 constituencies have reported their first results.
Mr. Jóhannesson has 37,9% of the votes
Halla Tómasdóttir comes second with 29,7%
Third is Andri Snær Magnason with 14,1% and fourth is Davíð Oddsson with 13,2%
Tómasdóttir has been growing momentum and has gone from having a single digit percent in polls to coming up as the second runner with only 8% less than Jóhannesson who had a very comfortable lead during polls.
At meeting with his supporters Mr. Jóhannesson said he was grateful for the support and added that if this was parliamentary election then Halla Tómasdóttir would be the winner.
Having gained such support compared to the polls, she would be the one that gets the mandate to form a government, he said.
Mr. Jóhannesson is married to Canadian Eliza Reid and they have four children together and he has a daughter from a previous marriage. You can read more about his background at Wikipedia.
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