Iceland’s Pirate Party “Super Excited” About Mandate to Form Gov’t

SOURCESputnik

BELGRADE — Iceland’s Pirate Party hopes to push through profound reforms after it forms a new government a month after snap elections, its leader Birgitta Jonsdottir vowed.

“Pirate Party in Iceland given the mandate to form a coalition government of five parties today. Historical opportunity to focus on reforms. Super excited and humbled by this chance,” she wrote on Facebook on Friday.

Jonsdottir promised to do her best when the third round of coalition talks begins. The previous two rounds, led first the center-right Independence Party and then by the Left-Green Movement, failed.

The snap elections were called after Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson resigned over the offshore funds scandal. The third-placed Pirate Party, which holds 10 out of 63 parliament seats, stands for direct democracy and advocates tighter online privacy.

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