Politician and co-founder of Iceland's Pirate Party Birgitta Jonsdottir is mobbed by media as the election results are announced at their election gathering in Reykjavik, Iceland on October 25, 2016. / AFP / Halldor KOLBEINS
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The radical Pirate Party made gains but not a breakthrough in Iceland's election, as returns Sunday showed that voters favored the incumbent center-right Independence Party over the upstart advocates of direct democracy and digital freedom.No party emerged with a majority of parliament seats from an election dominated by public discontent at the establishment after years of financial crisis and political turmoil.With almost all votes from the balloting Saturday counted, the Independence Party had 29 percent support and the Pirate Party 14.5 percent, putting them in third place behind the Left-Green movement at 15.9 percent.The result should give the Independence Party about 21 seats in Iceland's 63-seat Parliament, the Althingi, with the Left-Greens and Pirates winning 10 each.Pirate lawmaker Birgitta Jonsdottir said the results were in line with the party's own prediction of between 12 and 15 percent -- up from the 5 percent it secured in 2013 .New parties made gains among weary voters.
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