ICELAND are set to host a general election on Saturday – and a party that started just four years ago is predicted to win. The Pirate Party, founded in 2012, is top of the polls on course to form
Iceland’s Pirate Party is hoping to win the largest share of the vote in the country’s Oct. 29 general election, not even four years after the fringe political group formed.
The Pirate Party has come third in Iceland’s general election, but no single party or coalition has won the overall majority necessary to form a government.
The anti-establishment Pirate party has risen on a subsequent wave of public anger directed at Iceland’s political elite.
ICELAND’S ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT Pirate Party is set to shake up the political landscape in today’s parliament election, with voters on course to punish a government tainted by the Panama Papers.
Iceland’s Pirate Party was the first Pirate Party to win seats in a parliamentary election when it took three in 2013. Its MPs include a computer programmer and a Wikileaks volunteer, NPR reports .
A poll by the Social Science Research Institute of the University of Iceland with data from 14–19 October 2016 put the Pirate Party in first place in the general election on the 29 October 2016 with 22.6% of the vote. In the 29 October 2016 elections, the Pirate Party won 10 seats with 14.5% of the votes in Parliament, up from 3 seats.
Chairperson: Halldóra Mogensen
Iceland’s anti-establishment Pirate Party have been invited to form government and have been handed a mandate to begin instituting some of their progressive policies. Icelandic President Guðni Jóhannesson made the announcement on Friday, over one month after the general election, after meeting with head Pirate Birgitta Jónsdóttir.
In the 2013 Icelandic general election, the Pirate Party managed to just get past the 5 per cent voting threshold to gain its first three seats in parliament. In 2016, it could do much better.
Pirate Party is a label adopted by political parties in different countries. Pirate parties support civil rights, direct democracy and participation in government, reform of copyright and patent law, free sharing of knowledge, information privacy, transparency, freedom of …