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Pirate Party Now Iceland's Most Popular Political Party

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Icelandic Pirate Party's surge in popularity could see the party win the Prime Ministership
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In a stunning development, the Icelandic Pirate Party is now the country's most popular political party.

A poll by Iceland's MMR, a well respected polling firm in the country, the Pirate Party now command the vote of 23.9% of the population, ahead of the Independence Party's 23.4%, and ahead of other parties include the Social Democratic Alliance, the Progressive Party and the Greens.

This follows a separate poll conducted last week which also found the Pirate Party within touching distance of being the country's most popular political party.

The results of these surveys are nothing but stunning for a party that was only launched two years ago, and according to Pirate Party MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir, it shows how disenfranchised the voting public has become with the status quo.

"People are sick of traditional politics and the revolving doors. They are hopefully ready for more responsibility for that is one of our main aims, to create platforms for people to be more engaged via direct democracy. People seem to like that we speak like other people and behave like ordinary people," Jónsdóttir told TorrentFreak.

But Jónsdóttir was also issued caution about these mid-term poll results. 

"This is a poll and we are in the middle of the term, so we have no idea if this sort of following will continue," added Jónsdóttir.

Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge hailed these latest poll results, even suggesting that perhaps one day, Iceland could have a Pirate Party Prime Minister.

"The suddenly-within-reach prospect of actually taking up a prime ministry in the near term shows what you can accomplish when you’re calling out stale policies and governmental backroom shadiness for what they are. It also shows how the net generation just won’t stand for the holier-than-thou attitude that’s still being displayed by an old self-appointed elite toward the young future," said Falkvinge.


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