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Icelandic vote could end establishment rule

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 01:09

Icelanders cast their votes in a parliamentary election, with polls showing the anti-establishment Pirate Party, led by a poet who wants to give people more say in lawmaking, could topple the ruling center-right coalition. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Voters in Iceland defied strong winds and rain to head to the polls for a parliamentary election that could bring in big changes. Polls showed the opposition, led by the anti-establishment Pirate Party, could topple the ruling center-right coalition. The party was founded by Internet activists and is led by poet Birgitta Jonsdottir. She wants to clean up corruption and involve the people more directly in lawmaking. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LEADER OF PIRATE PARTY, BIRGITTA JONSDOTTIR, SAYING: "We also want to change the system so that they become more functional and more humane towards the people that need to live by them." Voter faith in the establishment was shaken after the country's 2008 financial crisis. But it was made worse after senior political figures were named in the Panama Papers, which leaked scores of offshore tax-havens for the world's rich and powerful. The scandal led to the biggest protests in Iceland's history -- plus the resignation of the Prime Minister and calls for Saturday's early election. Poll results were due late Saturday but could be delayed by bad weather.

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Icelandic vote could end establishment rule

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 01:09