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Iceland's new President Gudni Johannesson off to France for the football

Historian Gudni Johannesson has claimed victory in Iceland's presidential election.

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Iceland's new President Gudni Johannesson off to France for the football

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Historian Gudni Johannesson has claimed victory in Iceland’s presidential election.

The newcomer to politics defeated businesswoman Halla Tomasdottir.

His election comes amid a general disenchantment with the political elite.

Johannesson said he would be a unifying president.

The ballot went ahead despite ten percent of the Icelandic population being in France for the euros.

The new president said his first job would be to fly to France to support his country against England on Monday.