The Movement Ceases - The Reykjavik Grapevine

The Movement Ceases

Published November 18, 2013

Political party The Movement has officially shut down, which a founding member attributes to “The Four Parties”.
Vísir reports that the decision was made last Saturday in accordance with one of The Movement’s primary policies: “When the goals of The Movement are achieved, or it becomes obvious that they will not be achieved, The Movement will cease operations and shut down.”
Þór Saari, a former MP for The Movement, sent a statement to reporters where he expressed great disappointment in what happened to last year’s constitutional draft.
“The only way for Icelandic society and politics to get out of the dead end that it is stuck in is with the new constitution that was agreed upon in the national referendum of 20 October 2011. This constitution is a realistic constitution of the Icelandic people, a constitution that they themselves wrote and approved. The rejection of the Four Parties [The Independence Party, the Progressives, the Social Democrats and the Left-Greens] of the democratic results of this referendum is nothing but a plain and simple coup d’etat by the upper class in this country.”
The Movement began as the Civic Movement in early 2009, and won four seats in parliament that year. One MP, Þráinn Bertelsson, would leave the party shortly thereafter, and their name was changed to The Movement soon after that.
They did not run in last April’s parliamentary election. Instead, Birgitta Jónsdóttir would help form the Pirate Party while Þór Saari and Margrét Tryggvadóttir went on to form Dögun. The Pirates won three seats, but Dögun did not make it in.

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