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Eighth Candidate Joins Iceland’s Presidential Race

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Eighth Candidate Joins Iceland’s Presidential Race

Andrea J. Ólafsdóttir, chairwoman of HH, an association protecting the interests of homeowners, announced at a press conference yesterday that she intends to run for the office of President of Iceland. She is the eighth candidate to join the race.

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Bessastaðir, the presidential residence. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

If elected, Andrea, who is 39, wants to improve mortgages, legally bind minimum wages and encourage democratic improvements, ruv.is reports.

She has a plan for pushing through the first two issues. “I believe that if MPs would receive the minimum wage, things would change quickly. Therefore I would like to show a good example by only accepting the minimum wage myself until these changes have been made.”

The minimum wage is ISK 193,000 (USD 1,531, EUR 1,163). Andrea would donate the remaining amount of the president’s salary to charity.

“This election is first and foremost about trust and I believe that a large part of the nation has faith in me. Therefore I make for a good candidate,” Andrea stated. If elected, she intends to organize a national assembly to discuss the role of the president.

Click here to read about other candidates.

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