Iceland has the oldest democracy on the planet and is ready to take giant steps to work on the new constitution. Renowned Harvard Constitutional Law Professor and recent presidential candidate, Larence Lessig, moved his family to Iceland this year to support the Icelandic process of crowd-sourcing a new constitution. Lessig calls Birgitta “The mother of democracy in a digital age”, and declares, “everything we need to know about democracy is happening here in Iceland.” Birgitta wants be power of Robin Hood and give back the power to people. She is ready for changes and change has started with her. We will find out if this tiny country, Iceland, would be a great example about digital democracy to rest of the world.
When Birgitta first entered electoral politics, she declared she wouldn’t run for more than two terms. But after the Icelandic government collapsed last year over the Panama Papers Scandal, she ran for a third time to secure herself a full term. But she won’t break her promise twice.
“She made the promise and she has to keep it,” Bogi Ágústsson, a political expert and journalist at the Icelandic broadcaster RUV, told HuffPost. “But she has not quit politics, definitely not.”
Jónsdóttir, who became a published poet at 22, said she plans to return to writing. She wants to release herself and feel free again after all fighting she has been doing for issues on government transparency and digital rights.
What would be the next move?
What role will Birgitta play now?
"The Mouse that Roared" is headed in a new direction which is exciting and satisfying and may yet to be revealed.
Will it be a repeat of last year's election with months of negotiating a ruling coalition?
The Pirates took a hit, Birgitta didn't toss her hat in the ring at all and is no longer in Parliament as of today. "The Mouse that Roared" is headed in a new direction, Post Pirate Party.. onto the world stage perhaps?
Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson, seated center, with members of his Independence Party on Saturday, in Reykjavik, Iceland. CreditGeirix/Reuters
Election 2016 Results
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In brief | Pirate Party
What: A pro-free speech, anti-authoritarian political party in Iceland
Founders: A group of anarchists, hackers and internet-freedom activists
Leader: The party eschews formal leaders but Birgitta Jonsdottir is the most senior of three Pirate lawmakers in Iceland’s parliament
“I would like everybody in Iceland to find the pirate within, because the pirate within really represents change and a collective vision for the future.”
- Birgitta Jonsdottir, Pirate Party lawmaker