Pirates top polls once again in Iceland

Birgitta Jónsdóttirr, captain of Iceland's Pirate Party

Birgitta Jónsdóttirr, captain of Iceland's Pirate Party Iceland Monitor/ Eggert Jóhannesson

The Pirate Party in Iceland is back at the top of the polls as the largest political party in Iceland. 

A new poll conducted by the Social Science Research Institute of the University of Iceland shows that the Pirate Party has a following of 29.9 % going up by 1.6 % since the last poll. The second largest party in Iceland is the Independence Party with 22.7 % which means that it has gone down by 5.5 percent since May. 

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 went down recently to second place to the centre-right Independence Party.

The next elections in Iceland will take place this autumn following political uproar over the connections of PM Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson to the Panama Papers. Gunnlaugsson stepped down and has been replaced by a new Prime Minister, Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson

A Pirate Party meeting last weekend

A Pirate Party meeting last weekend mbl.is/Árni Sæberg

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