Will Pirates soon take the helm in Iceland?


That’s a real possibility, after conservatives failed to form a government coalition to head the parliament in the nation with the world’s oldest parliament.

And that could mean the next prime minister could be Birgitta Jónsdóttir [previously], cofounder of Iceland’s Pirate Party [Píratapartýið], and a woman who calls herself a poetician.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Prate Party co-founder and, possibly, the next Prime Minister of Iceland.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Prate Party co-founder and, possibly, the next Prime Minister of Iceland.

From RT:

The Pirate Party in Iceland, who won seats in parliament earlier this year, have been asked to try to assemble a government coalition, after two other parties with more seats failed to do so.

The radical Pirate Party, headed by Birgitta Jonsdottir, was asked to form a government with other parties by the country’s president, Gudni Johannesson, AP reported Friday, citing the president’s office.

The two parties who came first and second in the parliamentary election in late October, the Independence Party and the Left-Greens, respectively, had already held talks to assemble a coalition, but to no avail. No party won an outright majority in the election.

Prime Minister Sigmurdur Ingi Johannsson of the Progressive Party takes part in a debate ahead of parliamentary elections in Iceland, October 28, 2016.

The Pirate Party, founded four years ago by a group of internet activists and hackers, came third in the election, having won 10 out of 63 seats in the nation’s parliament. They will now have to negotiate with four other parties, both centrists and left-wingers.

According to Jonsdottir, the main issues on the agenda for the island nation are health care reforms and fishing rights, which have become sticking points for the lawmakers trying to form a coalition. The country has also suffered from troubles in its economy, after its banks collapsed during the 2008 global financial crisis.

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