On 1 January 2016, incumbent president Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson announced that he would not seek a sixth term in the office, wanting "to transfer the responsibilities of the president onto other shoulders".In the following ten days five other candidates suspended their campaigns, one of them after endorsing Ólafur Ragnar.The Iceland Academy has made an on-line class for foreigners to take so they can drive more safely in Iceland. of May one could in two instances see the effect of that.
They were due to be held on or before 27 April 2017, but following the 2016 Icelandic anti-government protests, the ruling coalition announced that early elections would be held "in autumn".
The Independence Party emerged as the largest in the Althing, winning 21 of the 63 seats; the Progressive Party, which had won the most seats in 2013, lost more than half its seats as it was overtaken by the Left-Green Movement and the Pirate Party.
Of the 63 elected MPs, 30 were female, giving Iceland the highest proportion of female MPs in Europe.
In early April 2016, following revelations in the Panama Papers, leaks from law firm Mossack Fonseca about the financial dealings of then Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson (Progressive Party) and his wife, there were calls for an early election from the opposition, who planned to present him with a motion of no confidence.
Former Prime Minister Davíð Oddsson declared his candidacy on 8 May, and Ólafur Ragnar withdrew from the race the following day, stating that there was now a supply of qualified candidates.
A poll showing Ólafur Ragnar with only 25% support had been published the same day. Jóhannesson in two TV-debates for allegedly having an unpatriotic view of the cod wars.However, the map, above under the “Road Conditions and Weather” webpage is in English.Via the “Travel Info” button above, information is to be found on conditions of mountain roads, how to drive in Iceland and more.Mass protests calling on the Prime Minister to quit followed.Although Sigmundur Davíð had stated he had no intention of resigning, he apparently resigned on 5 April.Guðni, a historian of the Cod Wars, dismissed these charges and explained that his take on the Cod Wars was nuanced and supported by research.