Prezidentské volby na Islandu 2012

(The 2012 presidential election in Iceland)

Pavel Maškarinec (maskarinec@centrum_cz)

Abstract

This article deals with the 2012 presidential election in Iceland. This elections were interesting for two reasons. Firstly, the elections were interesting as the number of candidates who have decided to run the contest. In the history of Icelandic presidential elections, there were sectled the convention that when the current president decides to continue his/her mandate, he/she is not exposed to the direct contest with other candidates. Finally, second interesting question is associated with the role that the Icelandic president should play in the political system. This question came to the fore after incumbent President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson have used, as the first Icelan- dic president in history, his constitutionally guaranteed right to veto legislation. The article describes electoral system and analyses election results, considering territorial support of the two main presidential candidiates, the focus is also given to the campaign and the electoral preferences.

Keywords

Iceland, presidential election, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, political parties, party system

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