Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson was born on May 14, 1943. In 1970, he earned a PhD in political science from the University of Manchester. In 1976, he joined the left-wing People's Alliance and two years later became a member of the Althing (the national parliament of Iceland). From 1988 to 1991, he served as Minister of Finance.
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson won the 1996 Icelandic presidential election with 41.4% of the vote. He was subsequently re-elected in 2004 and 2012. The presidential elections of 2000 and 2008 were uncontested as Grímsson was the only candidate. Thus, he has served five consecutive terms as the President of Iceland.
Grímsson is the first president to put a law from the parliament into a referendum. The law in question set to create a media committee to control the freedom of speech. However, the controversial law was withdrawn before the referendum could be held. He also made a number of crucial decisions during the 2008-11 financial crisis in Iceland.Remind me with Google Calendar
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