REYKJAVIK (Reuters) – Iceland’s anti-establishment Pirate Party is in a tight race to become the largest party in parliament after an election on Saturday called when the prime minister resigned as a result of the Panama Papers scandal.
The Pirates have been riding a wave of anger against the establishment in a country that was one of the hardest hit in the 2008 financial crisis when its banking system collapsed, hitting thousands of savers.
Polls put it in close second place to the Independence Party, currently the junior partner in the governing coalition.
It wants, among other things, to give asylum to U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden, accept the bitcoin virtual currency and clean up corruption.
The Pirates – founded less than four years ago as a protest movement against global copyright laws, and whose election campaign is partly crowdfunded – have 21 percent in a Morgunbladid poll published on Friday.
The Independence Party polled 22.5 percent.