Kim Dotcom’s New Zealand political group to contest general elections
Internet Party forms alliance with indigenous movement for September vote
Kim Dotcom's New Zealand political movement the Internet Party has formed an alliance with the leftist, indigenous Mana Party to contest the country's general election in September, Reuters reported.
Dotcom, also known as Kim Schmitz, is currently fighting an extradition application by US prosecutors who want to try him for online piracy charges connected with decommissioned file-sharing site Megaupload.
The political alliance with Mana, which already holds a parliamentary seat, was reportedly negotiated by Dotcom, even though he cannot yet hold a position in the Internet Party or stand in elections, because he is not a citizen. Under the agreement, a new party will be formed called Internet Mana, which will field a combined group of candidates.
Mana represents indigenous Maori issues and its elected member holds one of seven seats set aside for Maoris. The movement has also garnered support from non-Maori left-wing activists.