Putin was elected as president of Russia on Sunday.
The same day, President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson announced that he will run for a fifth four-year term.
He does so for the nation and the Republic of Iceland.
Iceland is at a crossroads, our independence at stake.
Ólafur is now the world’s sixteenth longest serving head of state.
These prime ministers and presidents have been in power longer:
1971 Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of Bahrain
1974 Paul Biya, President of Cameroon
1979 Tepdoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea
1979 José Eduardo dos Santos, President of Angola
1980 Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe
1986 Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda
1987 Blaise Compaoré, President of Burkina Faso
1990 Idriss Déby, President of Chad
1991 Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan
1991 Islam Karimov, President of Uzbekistan
1992 Emomalii Rahmon, President of Tajikistan
1993 Isaias Afewerki, President of Eritrea
1994 Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus
1994 Yahya Jammeh, President of Gambia
1995 Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg
1996 Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland.
Ólafur Ragnar will be re-elected. No one else stands a chance.
Never in the 68 year history of the republic has a sitting president lost an election.
Never has a sitting president been challenged by a serious contender.
Páll Stefánsson – [email protected]