Iceland pro-Bitcoin Pirate Party is set to have a role in the country’s next government in October, polls suggest, looking to gain around 25% of the national vote.
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Iceland Pirates ‘Well Prepared’ for Government
The party, whose parliamentary group leader Birgitta Jónsdóttir said she would make the country a “Switzerland of bits” if it came to power, now has a shot at governance, experts say.
“It’s gradually dawning on us, what’s happening,” Birgitta Jónsdóttir, leader of the Pirates’ parliamentary group, told UK newspaper the Guardian. “It’s strange and very exciting. But we are well prepared now.”
A move to the left in Iceland has been several years in the making. However, the recent Panama Papers scandal damaged now-resigned prime minister David Gunnlaugsson so much that snap elections were called. These will be held in October, with Jónsdóttir sensing radical change is in the air.
“I look at us and I think, we are equipped to do this,” she added. “Actually, the fact we haven’t done it before and that we won’t have any old-school people telling us how, means we’ll