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Constitutional Assembly Election Board Resigns

chess-board_pkLate Friday afternoon it was announced that the President of Althingi, Iceland’s Parliament, had received a letter of resignation from all five members of the election board, led by solicitor Ástrádur Haraldsson.

The resignation letter said: “After each election to Althingi the new parliament elects five individuals for an election board. So that the board can fulfill its legal obligations it must not be controversial. The board thinks it had done its utmost to insure that elections for the constitutional assembly would be legal within the frame the legislation set. After the verdict of the Supreme Court on January 25 of annulling the elections, members of the board have reviewed the matter and decided in light of the conditions that have come up, to hand in their resignations, effective today. ”

Ásta Ragnheidur Jóhannesdóttir, President of Althingi, said that Althingi would elect a new election board.

In an interview with Fréttabladid Interior Minister Ögmundur Jónasson said that he did not think the board had any reason to resign. Both Jónasson and Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir have said there is no reason for them to apologize for the annulled elections.

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