Iceland president vote on Saturday (Reports).

Iceland’s incumbent president Gundi Johannesson is expected to win a second term in office, as the country heads to the polls on Saturday.

Johannesson, a 52-year-old academic, is a champion of LGBT rights and has been seen picking up litter near his residence on occasion.

READ  Des Hasler to teach Manly Sea Eagles once more, Trent Barrett compelled to see out contract

His rightwing challenger Gudmundur Franklin Jonsson, meanwhile, is a fan of US President Donald Trump and in 2010 founded a right-wing populist movement, which he led for three years.

He wants the president to exercise more power by vetoing more legislation and described the vote as a choice between “an active president and an inactive president.”

READ  Heatwave: 2018 was the 'joint hottest summer time' ever for UK

Although the post is mostly symbolic the president does have the power to veto legislation but that’s only been done on three occasions.

“If I get the support of my compatriots, I will continue on the same path,” Johannesson said at at polling station near the capital Reykjavík.

READ  In Brussels, Macron and Might current two very totally different visions of Europe

Just ten people have died due to COVID-19 in Iceland, a country of 365,000 people, but the tourist sector was badly hit and the government has spent €1.8 billion supporting businesses.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here