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Iceland: Pirate Party leader casts snap election vote as party sees poll surge01:59

Iceland: Pirate Party leader casts snap election vote as party sees poll surge

Iceland, Reykjavik
October 28, 2017 at 19:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson of the Pirate Party Iceland cast his vote in Reykjavik, Saturday, in a snap parliamentary election, following a year of scandals that mired Icelandic politics.

The vote is the second in less than a year and is going ahead after the governing coalition collapsed in September.

Latest polls saw a steep surge in the Pirates' popularity, placing the anti-establishment party as the second largest in Iceland with about 20% of the votes. The ruling Independence Party is projected to secure its place as the country's largest party.

The government collapsed in September after members of the Pirate Party and the Left-Greens uncovered that the father of incumbent Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson of the Independence Party had written a letter to the Ministry of the Interior proposing to "restore the honour" of a convicted child sex offender. The cover-up and following reveal prompted Benediktsson to call for a snap parliamentary election.

Only nine months earlier, then Prime Minster Sigmundur Davio Gunnlaugsson of the Progressive Party stepped down after being caught up in the Panama Papers scandal.

Iceland: Pirate Party leader casts snap election vote as party sees poll surge01:59
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Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson of the Pirate Party Iceland cast his vote in Reykjavik, Saturday, in a snap parliamentary election, following a year of scandals that mired Icelandic politics.

The vote is the second in less than a year and is going ahead after the governing coalition collapsed in September.

Latest polls saw a steep surge in the Pirates' popularity, placing the anti-establishment party as the second largest in Iceland with about 20% of the votes. The ruling Independence Party is projected to secure its place as the country's largest party.

The government collapsed in September after members of the Pirate Party and the Left-Greens uncovered that the father of incumbent Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson of the Independence Party had written a letter to the Ministry of the Interior proposing to "restore the honour" of a convicted child sex offender. The cover-up and following reveal prompted Benediktsson to call for a snap parliamentary election.

Only nine months earlier, then Prime Minster Sigmundur Davio Gunnlaugsson of the Progressive Party stepped down after being caught up in the Panama Papers scandal.

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