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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.


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