|After Iceland’s ruling coalition and opposition agreed to hold early elections following the Panama Papers scandal in October, the Pirate Party may gain its first taste of power.
The radical political party, whose platform includes direct democracy, government transparency and even asylum for Edward Snowden, will field candidates in every constituency. It also aims to boost the youth vote by turning polling stations into Pokéstops. The Pirate Party has been at or near the top of every opinion poll for more than a year.
The election in Iceland is expected in late October and follows the resignation of the country’s former Prime Minister. The latter became the first major victim of the Panama Papers a couple months ago, after it was disclosed he had millions of pounds of family money offshore. The ruling Progressive and Independence parties replaced him with the Agriculture and Fisheries Minister and promised elections in 2016.
Iceland’s Pirates were founded 4 years ago by a group of activists and hackers and has already captured 5% of the vote in 2013 elections, winning 3 seats in the country’s 63-member Parliament. Supported by public outrage at “endemic cronyism” in Icelandic politics, popularity for the party has rocketed. According to the recent poll in late June, the Pirates are comfortably the country’s largest party with 28.3%, four points clear of their closest rival, the Conservative Independence party. Since June, that lead has since slightly narrowed. However, the observers believe that the Pirates will return between 18 and 20 MPs in October, which would put them in a strong position to form Iceland’s next government.
Sunday, August 14th, 2016
|posted by (2016-08-15 02:48:37)|
|Average age in Iceland is around 35...good chance TPP will be highly influential regardless of forming|
the next gov't or not.
|posted by (2016-08-15 18:59:27)|
|I hope this starts a mini revolution in Europe!|
Embarrasing to see, how relations between US and Europe are.
Europe is the puppet, and US pulls the strings.
|posted by (2016-08-17 10:10:31)|
|Iceland isn't a part of the global system... God bless them!||
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