POLITICAL UPSTART the Pirate Party has won three seats in the Icelandic Parliament.
The party won just over five percent of the national vote, just enough to ensure its place, according to a celebratory post from Pirate Party spokesman and evangelist Rick Falkvinge.
Update on Pirate Party Iceland: With 95 [percent] of votes counted, PPIS is at 5.1 [percent] and just passes the 5-percent barrier mbl.is/frettir/— Falkvinge (@Falkvinge) April 28, 2013
"The Icelanders are something of a phenomenon, even within the quickly growing Pirate Party movement," said Falkvinge.
"The Icelandic Pirates were founded a mere nine months ago, and got seats in the Alþing today - three seats, as per current projections. That is a speed record by any measure."
Last week The Pirate Bay showed up with an Icelandic domain name, and Falkvinge said that the progressive country still has room to grow.
"There will no doubt be a lot of work to do in the Alþing - even though Iceland has been very progressive with its ideas, fewer of those ideas have been implemented in law. Having legislators in Iceland may facilitate that; there's a lot of work up ahead. But not tonight," he said.
"Tonight, we party and salute our glasses of rum to our Icelandic brothers and sisters in the movement. Well done!"
In Iceland the Pirate Party is lead by Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a Wikileaks volunteer and political activist. It is not yet known who will take the three seats in the Parliament. It is possible that Jónsdóttir, who Falkvinge described as a "very seasoned activist" will take one.
The Pirate Party almost did not make the five percent mark, and it was only a last minute count that gave it the necessary score for its seats. µ
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