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Ontario woman becomes Iceland's first lady after husband wins election

Eliza Reid and her husband, Gudni Johannesson are shown in this handout image during his campaign in Iceland. Voters in Iceland have elected a new president, and in doing so have made the Canadian woman the Nordic nation's new first lady.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Hakon Broder Lund
June 26, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Voters in Iceland have elected a new president, and in doing so have made a Canadian woman the Nordic nation's new first lady.

Gudni Johannesson has been declared the winner of Sunday's vote, which means his wife will assume the first lady's role.

Eliza Reid — who grew up in the Ottawa Valley — met Johannesson when they were both studying history in England.

The pair moved to Iceland in 2003, married a year later and now have four children.

Reid, 40, who works as a writer and editor, recently said she believed her Canadian background helped her husband's campaign because she doesn't try to be something she's not, and that appeals to people.

Johannesson — a history professor who has never before held public office — joined the presidential race in April with a promise to restore the nation's trust in the political system after demonstrations called for the resignation of the prime minister amid a scandal involving offshore accounts.

Reid said she felt welcomed by Icelandic society and would consider it a tremendous honour to be first lady.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2016
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