Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson has invited Pirate Captain Birgitta Jónsdóttir to meet him at his office on Sóleyjargata, Reykjavík, at 4 pm today, Vísir reports. A press conference is scheduled following their meeting.
The purpose of their meeting has not been announced, but it is thought likely that the president will give Birgitta the mandate to form a government.
Earlier today, the president met with the leaders of all seven parties represented in parliament, one by one. Representing the Pirate Party, Birgitta, Smári McCarty and Einar Brynjólfsson all met with the president, after which Birgitta told reporters that forming a national government was, in her view, completely premature.
Since the October 29 election, attempts to form a government have been unsuccessful. Three combinations have been tested: a three-party center-right coalition; a five-party center-left coalition; and a coalition of the Independence Party and the Left-Green Movement .
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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