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Pirate Party Leader to Run Again in 2017

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Pirate Party Leader to Run Again in 2017

Birgitta Jónsdóttir

Birgitta Jónsdóttir. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir, leader of the Pirate Party, has announced that she’s running again for Alþingi in next year’s elections. She spoke about her decision and her fight for constitutional changes on the news program Morgunvaktin on RÚV this morning, but she had previously stated she would not seek reelection for a third term.

Recent polls have shown that support for the party is between 35 and 40 percent. She told RÚV much of the support comes from Bright Future and from the Social Democratic Alliance, but that there is a lot of uncertainty about next year’s elections. Some supporters also come from the Independent Party―voters who are fed up, she said. Within the party, there are people, she stated, from the left, center and right, and the party’s main focus is on systematic changes.

Clearly, there are many newcomers to politics who will join forces with the party before next year’s elections. One of the Pirate Party’s priorities is to fight for a revision of the constitution. Birgitta finds it irresponsible of her to jump ship in the middle of an operation. Because of how inexperienced with politics many of the party’s candidates will be next year, she feels it’s important for the party to have someone on board experienced in working with the ministries and the inner political structure to ensure the effectiveness of the party.

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