|The Pirate Party scored 14.5% of the total vote in Iceland’s parliamentary election. Although it is lower than expected, it is the first time that a Pirate Party secured a serious victory in the election.
The political party was founded a decade ago, but today it has scored its most significant victory over the past years: according to the first results, 1 in 7 Icelanders voted Pirate in the national parliamentary elections. As you can understand, this is an impressive victory for the party, which has already increased the number of parliament seats from 3 to 10 in just 3 years. This makes the Pirate Party the 3rd largest party in the country after the Independence Party and the Left-Green Movement. The country has a coalition government consisting of several parties, and now the Pirates have a prominent spot at the negotiation table.
However, this success didn’t come as a surprise, because the party has been polling very well in 2016 – at one point, it was even close to total majority in the polls. According to the current result, the Pirate Party managed to nearly triple their votes in comparison to the previous election. A few Internet activists including the prominent WikiLeaks editor formed the Icelandic branch of the party 4 years ago. As soon as next year, the party took part in its first parliamentary elections and scored 3 seats. Today’s success hasn’t gone unnoticed by the international media, which was glad to cover the unusual candidates.
The Icelandic Pirate Party announced that they are ready to bring the change many citizens are longing for – firstly, by adopting a new constitution that has already been voted on.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
|Wonder how many votes were to make a point over Big Brother watching online activities?|
|looks like iceland has improved since they jailed their bankers, most of their government, and the people took control...|
|Scrat for president!|
|lol.. keep going up.|
|I would just assume the "Pirate Party" is just the equivalent to the Libertarian party in the US.|
|or the Green party. But there is a change coming.||
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