- The Icelandic Pirate Party, including in favor of more transparency in government, a new constitution and asylum to American whistleblower Edward Snowden, is the big favorite for the elections on the island. This writes the British newspaper The Guardian.
The party is already more than a year in the lead in most polls and would, if elections were held now, win 18 to 20 seats. In 2013 won the Pirates, founded four years ago by hackers and anti-copyright activists, three seats in the 63-member parliament.
No longer solely focused on protest but also reforms of the political system, the appeal of the party is compared with that of the Spanish Podemos and the Greek SYRIZA.
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The early elections, scheduled for late October, were written after the scandal over the Panama Papers previous Icelandic prime minister was forced to resign. Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson and his wife turned millions have placed in family capital to an offshore company that had interests in Icelandic banks.