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Iceland’s Pirate Party Suggests Electoral Alliance

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Iceland’s Pirate Party Suggests Electoral Alliance

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

The top of the Icelandic parliament building. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Pirate Party leader Birgitta Jónsdóttir has suggested that all opposition parties in the Icelandic parliament, Alþingi, forge an electoral alliance before the next parliamentary election in 2017 with the objective of completing a new constitution and guaranteeing a national referendum on continued accession talks with the European Union.

Birgitta told Stöð 2 on Saturday that she would discuss the matter with her fellow Pirate MPs and if they approved formally suggest an electoral alliance to the other opposition leaders.

On Stöð 2 on Sunday the leaders of the three other opposition parties stated they were positive towards Birgitta’s suggestion as the two issues she highlighted were also important to them.

However, Pirate Party MP Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson commented on Eyjan political chat program on Stöð 2 the same evening that all talk of electoral alliance is premature.

According to Fréttablaðið newspaper’s most recent survey, the Pirate Party has become the biggest in Iceland, topping the Independence Party, which is traditionally the largest party in Iceland and forges the current coalition government with the Progressive Party.

Independence Party MP Vilhjálmur Bjarnason expressed his surprise at this development in parliament on Tuesday, as the party is founded on “organized crime,” as he reasoned. “If piracy isn’t organized crime then I don’t understand the word,” Vilhjálmur commented.

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