Icelanders rewarding ‘Panama parties’, says Pirate

Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Pirate Party MP.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Pirate Party MP. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Eggert Jóhannesson

The Pirate Party is no longer Iceland’s most popular political party, according to a new Gallup reported on by national broadcaster RÚV.

The Pirates have bled over nine percentage points in just one month .

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The party – which runs on a platform of direct democracy, freedom of information and civil and political rights – has been topping opinion polls for over a year , but is now second place to the centre-right Independence Party.

The names of Independence Party leader Bjarni Benediktsson and deputy …

The names of Independence Party leader Bjarni Benediktsson and deputy leader Ólöf Nordal were both found in the Panama Papers. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Árni Sæberg

The Independence Party is currently one half of a governing coalition with the centrist Progressive Party, led until recently by ex-Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson – who was toppled by controversial ‘Panama Papers’ revelations on offshore dealings .

“I am not upset about the shift in our support,” explains Pirate MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir on social media. “But I cannot handle the fact that the people are rewarding the ‘Panama parties’ with greater trust after everything that has happened.”

The Panama Papers sparked the biggest protests in Icelandic history …

The Panama Papers sparked the biggest protests in Icelandic history last month. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Styrmir Kári

Support for the government generally is now 37.3%, up from 34% just a month ago.

Read: Iceland’s government MORE popular after Panama Papers

“It’s as if the great wave of protests that swept the country [following the initial Panama Papers revelations] has had the opposite effect,” Jónsdóttir laments.

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