Pirate Party gains seats but comes third in Iceland election
The Pirate Party did not come first as had been predicted in some earlier polls but it did improve its performance winning 10 seats in the 63 seat Icelandic legislature with 14.5 percent of the popular vote, an increase of 9.4 percent from last election.
|The big loser was the Progressive Party of Prime Minister Sigurdur Johannsson which lost 11 seats. Its popular vote was just 11.5 percent a decline of 12.9 percent. The other main coalition partner, the Independence Party actually came first with 29 percent of the vote up 2.3 percent and winning 21 seats up two from the last election. The Pirate Party went from three seats to 10. The sharp decline in the number of seats for the Progressive Party leaves the two coalition partners with only 29 seats short of the 34 needed for a majority. The coalition will need to attract other parties to join the coalition if they are to form a majority government.|
"Being a Pirate means protecting and expanding civil rights. It means direct democracy, transparency, freedom of expression, the right to privacy in the digital age and an informed decision-making process. Success in the elections will mean a new constitution, a new deal between people and power. It will mean that the legislative power is a service to its people rather than an authority,"In 2013 the Icelandic Pirate Party one of over 60 Pirate Parties around the world made history by electing three members of the legislature. Before this election some polls had the Pirate Party coming first. While this turned out to be incorrect, the group did quite well and was not disappointed in the results. Jonsdottir said: "Our internal predictions showed 10 to 15 percent, so this is at the top of the range," she told Reuters. "We knew that we would never get 30 percent."