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    Source:engadgetOriginal Author:Andrew TarantolaPost Date:April 7, 2016Link in engadget:Iceland resists Pirate Party push for early elections

    Political fallout from the Panama Papers continues with no end in sight.

    Following the pseudo-resignation of its Prime Minister, whom the leaked Panama Papers tied to an offshore holding company, Iceland's ruling coalition remains in turmoil. Despite appointing a new PM on Thursday, the government is facing calls for early elections. And, to make matters worse, the opposition Pirate Party is surging at the polls with more than half of Icelanders reportedly willing to vote for them over the current coalition.
    BREAKING: Almost half of #Iceland would now vote for Pirate Party. #panamapapers@birgittaj
    — Iceland Monitor (@IcelandMonitor) April 6, 2016

    Icelandic citizens have held massive protest rallies everyday since the Panama Papers were published. They're demanding the resignations of both the current government's finance and interior ministers, both of whom were named in the Papers.

    This political shitshow has, however, proven a boon for the country's fledgling Pirate Party. The group grew out of the Pirate Bay movement and has since become a major player in Icelandic politics. "This is all interconnected," Pirate Bay rep Ásta Helgadóttir told The Intercept. "Internet freedom is about how to practice fundamental human rights in the 21st century, and democracy is one of those rights."

    In a related post on the Pirate Party's official website, Helgadóttir and two other party reps further expounded on their position:
    The confidence of the Icelandic people we believe rests in us, not only because we are a party that has not been a part of government, but also we think it is because people sense that we stand for enacting changes that have to do with reforming the systems, rather than changing minor things that might easily be changed back. Our policies therefore stand in stark contrast to what appears to be the pattern of modern politics; minor changes but always the same dysfunctional system. We do not define ourselves as left or right but rather as a party that focuses on the systems. In other words, we consider ourselves hackers – so to speak – of our current outdated systems of government.

    Though the current government is resisting calls for early elections, the Pirate Party and its opposition coalition introduced a motion of no confidence which will be debated on as early as Friday.

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    4 Months Later ......

    Polls suggest Iceland's Pirate party may form next government

    'Most analysts are confident that the radical democrats – in favour of legalising drugs and offering asylum to Edward Snowden – will win 18-20 MPs in October

    One of Europe’s most radical political parties is expected to gain its first taste of power after Iceland’s ruling coalition and opposition agreed to hold early elections caused by the Panama Papers scandal in October.

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    The Pirate party, whose platform includes direct democracy, greater government transparency, a new national constitution and asylum for US whistleblower Edward Snowden, will field candidates in every constituency and has been at or near the top of every opinion poll for over a year.

    As befits a movement dedicated to reinventing democracy through new technology, it also aims to boost the youth vote by persuading the company developing Pokémon Go in Iceland to turn polling stations into Pokéstops.

    “It’s gradually dawning on us, what’s happening,” Birgitta Jónsdóttir, leader of the Pirates’ parliamentary group, told the Guardian. “It’s strange and very exciting. But we are well prepared now. This is about change driven not by fear but by courage and hope. We are popular, not populist.”

    The election, likely to be held on 29 October, follows the resignation of Iceland’s former prime minister Sigmundur Daviđ Gunnlaugsson, who became the first major victim of the Panama Papers in April after the leaked legal documents revealed he had millions of pounds of family money offshore.'

    full article - Polls suggest Iceland's Pirate party may form next government | World news | The Guardian