udni Johannesson, an Icelandic historian and lecturer at the University of Iceland has won the 2016 Presidential election in Iceland.He will succeed Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, who served 20 years as head of state. The history professor who ran as an independent in the election was able to secure 39.1% of the vote. He defeated Halla Tomasdottir, a businesswoman without party affiliation, who was able tosecure 27.9% votes. While David the former conservative party Prime Minister and Central Bank Governor David Oddsson was placed third and he won just 13% votes.
Facts about Gudni Johannesson:
Gudni Johannesson born 26 June 1968 is historian and lecturer at the University of Iceland, Bifrost University and University of London.
His field of research is modern Icelandic history in which he has published a number of works, including on the Cod Wars, (2008–11) Icelandic financial crisis and the Icelandic presidency.
He has written a biography of Gunnar Thoroddsen (former PM of Iceland) and a book about the presidency of Kristjan Eldjarn. He has expertise in political history, diplomacy and the constitution.