Pirate Party has electoral breakthrough in Iceland

 

 

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland, a nation of seafarers, has been stormed by pirates. They won’t be forming the government, but online freedom advocates the Pirate Party were still big winners in the country’s election. The party, just a few months old, took 5.1 percent of the vote in Saturday’s poll, gaining three of the 63 seats in Iceland’s parliament, the Althingi.

It is the biggest electoral trophy yet for a movement founded seven years ago in Sweden by a group of rebellious file-sharing geeks and hackers who scoffed at copyright laws. Now, its Icelandic leader says, the party is “the political arm of the information revolution,” dedicated to freedom of expression and political transparency, online and off.

 

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