New contender for Presidential race?

Jóhannesson will be making an announcement on his candidacy today ...

Jóhannesson will be making an announcement on his candidacy today at 2 pm. Iceland Monitor/ Kjartan Þorbjörnsson

Author and historian Guðni Th. Jóhannesson announced today that he will be running for President of Iceland . A new survey conducted by Fréttablaðið before the announcement, shows that if he does run, he would have 38 % of voters supporting him compared to 45 % supporting President Grímsson and 11 % supporting Andri Snær Magnason.  Andri Snær Magnason. 

Jóhannesson made a formal announcement on his candidacy in Salurinn music hall in Kópavogur today at 2 pm.  

Contacted by Mbl.is concerning the new poll,  Magnason said, "The battle is just beginning." 

President Grímsson declined to comment. 

The question posed in the survey was: If there were to be a Presidential election tomorrow, who would you vote for?

Jóhannesson is born in 1968 and has a masters degree in history from Oxford University and a Phd in history from London University. He is married to Canadian Eliza Reid and has five children. 

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