After Pirate Captain Birgitta Jónsdóttir returned the mandate to form a government yesterday afternoon, Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson sent out a statement to the press. In it, he wrote that for now, he had decided not to give any party leader the mandate to form a government.
The president explained that after Birgitta returned the mandate, he had spoken will the leaders of all other parties represented in Alþingi [the Icelandic parliament] about the grave situation that has come up more than six weeks after the parliamentary election. Already, the leaders of the country’s three largest political parties have attempted to form a government. Various options have been discussed.
The statement continues, “In light of the views expressed during my conversations with party leaders today, I have decided, for now, not to give any one of them the mandate to form a government. Instead, I encouraged them to consult among themselves and explore during informal discussions which options still remain open in forming a government, which will enjoy majority support in Alþingi, or can at least survive a vote of no confidence. In my conversations with party leaders, I also mentioned the pressing tasks awaiting solution in Alþingi, demanding good cooperation and unity.
Finally, I reminded party leaders of their responsibility and duty to reach an agreement on forming a government. I told them I anticipated news this week on that subject.”
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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