Alþingi Opens: Ólafur Hints at Closure

President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson suggests that he will not be running for president again.

Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, formally reconvened this morning for the autumn session. This is its 145th legislative session.

Following a service in Dómkirkja church, President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson addressed members of Alþingi in the parliamentary building. According to Iceland Review  Ólafur, who has served as president since 1996, strongly suggested in his speech that he would not be running for president again:

- As I, according to the mandate the nation gave me, open Alþingi for the last time, I offer parliament my deep respect and sincere thanks, remember the many with whom I have worked, especially those who shared their experience with me, as a matter of fact all who accompanied me at parliamentary meetings and on committee work.