Jón Gnarr: “I am not a politician, I am a comedian”

The comedian turned Mayor will not seek a second term.

Jón Gnarr, Mayor of Reykjavik, has announced that he will not seek a second term in office when his current term expires in May next year.

“I am not a politician, I am a comedian,” Jón said a moment ago when he announced his decision on his radio show Tvíhöfði.

Jón said that had he run for another term in office, this would no longer be an act, but rather a political career. Other members of the Best Party will join Björt framtíð.

In late 2009, Jón formed the Best Party with a number of other people, who had no background in politics. The best party won 35 percent of the vote in 2010.

The latest polls indicate that the Best Party is still the largest party in Reykjavik with around 37 percent support, two percent more than in the 2010 elections.

Jón is a major supporter of gay rights and has participated in the Reykjavik Gay Pride parade. He is an advocate for human rights and protested the Chinese government’s treatment of human rights activist Liu Xiaobo, who was later awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.

Photos by Helgi Halldórsson

Örlygur Hnefill

Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson is the manager of Húsavík Hotels and co-founder of bookiceland.co.uk. He has worked as a journalist at Fréttablaðið newspaper in Reykjavík and at the Parliament of Iceland, as an assistant to MP for North East Constituency.

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