Ice­land's Pi­rate Party Makes Strong Show­ing in New Elec­tion

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Like Robin Hood, be­cause Robin Hood was a pi­rate, we want to take the power from the pow­er­ful to give it to the peo­ple.

Ice­land's Pi­rate Party has tripled its seats in the 63seat par­lia­ment, Satur­day night's [Oc­to­ber 29] elec­tion re­sults show.

Bir­gitta Jons­dot­tir, the leader of the Pi­rate Party, said she was sat­is­fied with the re­sult. “What­ever hap­pens, we have cre­ated a wave of change in the Ice­landic so­ci­ety,” she told a cheer­ing crowd early Sun­day morn­ing.

The Pi­rates won 10 seats, more than tripling its three seats in the last elec­tion. The Left-green Party also won 10 seats Satur­day.

The left-lean­ing par­ties — the Left-greens, the Pi­rates and two al­lies — won a to­tal of 27 seats, just short of the 32 re­quired to com­mand a ma­jor­ity in Ice­land’s Par­lia­ment, the world’s old­est.

The gov­ern­ing cen­ter-right Pro­gres­sive party lost more than half of its seats in the elec­tion which was trig­gered by Prime Min­is­ter Sig­mundur Gunnlaugs­son 's res­ig­na­tion in April in the wake of the leaked Panama Pa­pers which re­vealed the off­shore as­sets of high-pro­file fig­ures.

Cur­rent Prime Min­is­ter Sig­ur­dur Ingi Jo­hanns­son said he would re­sign. The anti-es­tab­lish­ment Pi­rate Party, which was founded in 2012, had said it could be look­ing to form a coali­tion with three left-wing and cen­trist par­ties.

The Pi­rates' core is­sues are: di­rect democ­racy, freedom of ex­pres­sion, civil rights, net neu­tral­ity, and trans­parency, all set out in a pop­u­lar, crowd­sourced draft of a new na­tional Con­sti­tu­tion that the cur­rent gov­ern­ment has failed to act on. They also seek to re-na­tion­al­ize the coun­try's nat­u­ral re­source in­dus­tries, cre­ate new rules for civic gov­er­nance, and is­sue a pass­port to Ed­ward Snow­den.

Pi­rate Party founder and MP Bir­gitta Jons­dot­tir said she was "very sat­is­fied" with the re­sult.

"Our in­ter­nal pre­dic­tions showed 10 to 15%, so this is at the top of the range. We knew that we would never get 30%," Ms Jons­dot­tir told Reuters. “We want to see trickle-down ethics rather than make-be­lieve trickle-down eco­nom­ics,” Ms. Jons­dot­tir, 49, who is also a for­mer Wik­ileaks ac­tivist, said

“We are a plat­form for young peo­ple, for pro­gres­sive peo­ple who shape and re­shape our so­ci­ety,” Ms. Jons­dot­tir told Agence France-presse. “Like Robin Hood, be­cause Robin Hood was a pi­rate, we want to take the power from the pow­er­ful to give it to the peo­ple.”

Reyk­javík, photo by Mar­cus Hans­son

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