Icelandic President Is Willing To Interdict Pineapple Topping On Pizza

Icelandic President Guðni Jóhannesson would like to forbidden the usage of pineapple fruit on pizzas in Iceland. He has expressed a profound distaste with respect to the exotic fruit as an ingredient on the Italian dish while on a visit in the small town of Akureyri, northern Iceland.

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Lately, he has stated that, if he would have the power, he would be willing to pass a ban on pineapple toppings on pizzas in Iceland. For declaring this he has already triggered a heated debate on whether or not pineapple fruit is actually suitable as a topping. As recently as yesterday though, he came up with a series of clarifications concerning the exotic fruit debate in the context of a Facebook post entitled ‘a statement on the pizza-controversy‘. In this respect he has stated the following:

‘I like pineapples, just not on pizza. I do not have the power to make laws which forbid people to put pineapples on their pizza. I am glad that I do not hold such power. Presidents should not have unlimited power. I would not want to hold this position if I could pass laws forbidding that which I don´t like. I would not want to live in such a country. For pizzas, I recommend seafood.’

In the end, admitting that he does not dispose of the legal authority to impose a ban on pineapple toppings on pizzas in his home country, the Icelandic president has returned to better feelings, recommending thus fish instead of tropical fruits.

Guðni Jóhannesson is the 6th president of Iceland after being elected for a four-year term by popular vote in June, 2016. He ran as an independent and won the presidential elections last year with a plurality of 39.1% of the votes.

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