Pirate Party aims for gains as Icelanders choose new government

2016-10-29 10:48
Pirate Party pin badges ready for distribution to the public during an advertising event for the Iceland Parliamentary Elections at a shopping mall in Reykjavik. (AP)

Pirate Party pin badges ready for distribution to the public during an advertising event for the Iceland Parliamentary Elections at a shopping mall in Reykjavik. (AP)

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Reykjavik — Icelanders are preparing to vote in a national election, with the radical Pirate Party hoping to unseat the centre-right government.

The Pirate Party, founded four years ago by an assortment of hackers, political activists and Internet freedom advocates, has made big gains among Icelanders fed up with established parties after years of financial crisis and scandal.

Polls suggest the Pirates are vying with the centre-right Independence Party to become the biggest group in Iceland's parliament, the Althingi.

The election was called after then-Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson resigned in April amid protests over his offshore holdings, revealed in the Panama Papers leak.

Polls opened at 09:00 local time on Saturday, with about 245 000 Icelanders eligible to vote. Voting ends at 22:00 with partial results due early on Sunday.

 

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