Presidential candidate Gudni Johannesson casts his ballot at a polling station in Reykjavik, on June 25, 2016. / AFP / HALLDOR KOLBEINS
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Political newcomer Gudni Johannesson claimed victory in Iceland's presidential election after riding a wave of anti-establishment sentiment, though the vote was eclipsed by the country's eagerly-anticipated and historic Euro football match."All the votes have not been counted, but I think we have won," Johannesson told supporters. With 36 percent of ballots counted, he was credited with 38.6 percent of votes. The victory was especially sweet for Johannesson – a history professor and political commentator who has never held public office and has no party affiliation – as he celebrated his 48th birthday Sunday. He was trailed by businesswoman Halla Tomasdottir, also non-partisan, who took 29.4 percent of votes. Like most of Iceland's voters, Johannesson is opposed to EU membership.
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