Iceland’s serving President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson looks set for a record fifth term in office, partial results from the country’s election suggest. With 20% of the votes counted, Mr Grimsson secured more than 50% support. Main challenger Thora Arnorsdottir, a journalist who gave birth during the campaign, acknowledged defeat.
The presidency is a largely ceremonial post, but Mr Grimsson came under fire from his opponents who accused him of politicising the role. Mr Grimsson, 69, who has been in office for 16 years, has courted controversy by using this power three times to veto bills he disagreed with.