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Constitutional Council Approved by Iceland’s Parliament

The proposal that a Constitutional Council be held instead of the Constitutional Assembly, which couldn’t begin last month as planned because the Supreme Court of Iceland invalidated the election, was approved at the Icelandic parliament, Althingi, today at noon.


Inside Althingi. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

Thirty MPs voted in favor of the proposal, while 21 voted against it and seven abstained, among them Minister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson who said he would never approve of a way to elude the Supreme Court’s verdict, reports.

Social Democrat MP Kristján L. Möller also abstained because very few of the 25 people who were elected to the Constitutional Assembly in November and will now be appointed to the Constitutional Council are from outside the capital region.

One of the 25 elects, Inga Lind Karlsdóttir, has announced that she will not accept the invitation to take a seat on the council because she does not want to elude the Supreme Court’s verdict. The runner-up next in line will be invited to take her place, reports.

The Constitutional Council, as the Constitutional Assembly before it, has the purpose of reviewing the Constitution of Iceland and proposing changes to it. It will serve as an advisory body to the parliament, which must approve the changes before they can take effect.

According to a parliamentary resolution on the matter, the council is to hand in its proposals by the end of June.

Click here to read more about the Constitutional Council and Assembly.

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