Sunday, October 30, 2016

Pirate Party Falls Short in Iceland Elections

Washington Post: Pirate Party surge falls short in Iceland election

LONDON — The Pirate Party, a radical movement of anarchists and hackers that didn’t exist this time four years ago, surged to third place in Iceland’s national elections but fell well short of expectations that it could top the vote, according to results released Sunday.

The outcome of the Saturday election more than triples the number of Pirates in the country’s parliament, the world’s oldest, and it ensures that the renegade movement will remain a force in Icelandic politics for years to come.

The Pirates, an offshoot of an international movement launched in Sweden, had campaigned on a platform of direct democracy, transparency and turning Iceland into “a digital safe haven, the Switzerland of bits.” The party’s leader, poet Birgitta Jónsdóttir, had promised Edward Snowden citizenship in a Pirate-led Iceland.

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More News On Iceland's Elections

Pirate Party make gains as center-right hangs on in Iceland -- AP
Icelanders vote for stability as Pirates fall short of expectations -- Reuters
Iceland election: Pirate Party triples seats -- BBC
Iceland elections leave ruling centre-right party in driving seat -- The Guardian
Iceland's incumbent Independence party could lead formation of new government -- UPI
Iceland's Independence Party looking to form next government -- Reuters
Iceland Election Updates: Pirate Party Gains Seats But Not Enough To Form Government -- IBTimes
Iceland Shows What Beats Populist Parties: Growth and Jobs -- Bloomberg

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