Presidential candidate Gudni Johannesson (L) speaks in Reykjavik, Iceland next to Halla Tomasdottir on June 21, 2016. / AFP / HALLDOR KOLBEINS
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Iceland is expected to elect a political newcomer as president Saturday with polls predicting a landslide victory for Gudni Johannesson, a history professor and political commentator who has never held public office.A North Atlantic island of just 334,000 people, Iceland beat Austria 2-1 Wednesday to qualify for the last 16 in the country's Euro debut, facing off against England Monday.Britain's vote to leave the European Union also dominated the news on the eve of the election in Iceland, a country that itself applied for EU membership in 2009 but abandoned the bid six years later.Like most of Iceland's voters, Johannesson is opposed to EU membership.The current president, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, is stepping down at 73 after five straight terms spanning 20 years. The only president to ever do so, he exercised his veto right three times over two decades.
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