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Pirates and Independents Neck and Neck

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Pirates and Independents Neck and Neck

 Bjarni Benediktsson and Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson

Chair of the Independence Party, Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The Pirate Party is once again Iceland’s largest political party with a rating of 26.8 percent, according to the latest MMR survey. The Independence Party, traditionally the country’s largest, has lost its newfound lead but remains close to the Pirates with 24 percent.

In MMR's last survey on July 4, support for the Pirate Party had dropped to 24.3 percent, whereas the Independence Party had a rating of 25.3 percent.

Currently, the Left-Green Movement places third with 12.9 percent and the new Reform Party (Viðreisn) comes fourth with 9.4 percent. The Social Democratic Alliance enjoys a support of 8.4 percent and Prime Minister Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson’s Progressive Party 8.3 percent, ruv.is reports.

Other parties have a rating below 5 percent and aren’t likely to win seats in parliament.

In response to protests following the Panama Papers scandal in the spring, the current Independence Party-Progressive Party coalition government promised early elections to be held in autumn 2016 rather than spring 2017.

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