(CNN)Oh, not those kinds of pirates. Darn it.
Perhaps life in Iceland would be even more interesting if governmental control were given to swashbuckling pirates, but the Pirate Party isn't into plundering and pillaging. As far as we know.
Still, it makes for a curious headline when you hear that Iceland's president is telling the nation's relative newcomer Pirate Party to form a new government.
More well-known parties from the left and right failed, so now it is up to the Pirates.
President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson met Friday with Pirate Party Chairwoman Birgitta Jónsdóttir, giving her the mandate to start negotiations to form a new government, a statement on the website for the president's office said.
In Iceland, the mandate to form a government requires the party charged to negotiate with the other parties to form the government.
If Jónsdóttir -- formerly with WikiLeaks -- and the Pirate Party reach an agreement with the other parties, it is likely that Jónsdóttir will be given the post of prime minister.
"Historical opportunity to focus on reforms. Super excited and humbled by this chance. We will do our best," she said on Facebook.
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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