Iceland votes in a presidential election on Saturday, the second European country to hold polls since coronavirus lockdowns were lifted, with incumbent Gudni Johannesson widely expected to win a second four-year mandate.
In Iceland’s parliamentary republic, the role of the president is largely symbolic, but he or she does have the power to veto legislation and submit it to a referendum.
Opinion polls suggest Johannesson’s rightwing challenger, former Wall Street broker Gudmundur Franklin Jonsson, has almost no chance of winning.
Voter surveys have since early June predicted a landslide victory for Johannesson, a 52-year-old independent and former history professor, crediting him with more than 90 percent support.
“The (opinion) polls are not elections… But the gap is too big