Former broadcast journalist Þóra Arnórsdóttir is now officially running for president, having gained the necessary signatures to be a candidate in a single day. An online poll shows her surpassing incumbent Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson.
Presidential elections are coming up, and sitting president Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson has announced he will run again. If he wins, this will round out his time in office to 20 years. However, while Ólafur has run uncontested at times in the past, he may have a run for his money this year, as former broadcast journalist Þóra Arnórsdóttir announced her candidacy last week.
In her official statement, she emphasised that the role of the president – apart from being a symbol of the country to the rest of the world – was to unite the country, to encourage stability and harmony in society, and to be an office trusted by the people.
Support for her candidacy appears to be strong. DV reports that she was able to gather the necessary 1,500 signatures for her candidacy in a single day, and that a poll the paper conducted showed the most support for her – 57,3%, while Ólafur came in at 27.5%.