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Constitutional Parliament in Iceland in October?

Chairwoman of the Althingi parliament’s General Committee Steinunn Valdís Óskarsdóttir is aiming towards completion of a bill on a constitutional parliament shortly after Easter. If the bill is passed before the parliament’s summer vacation, people could be elected to a constitutional parliament in October this year.

Inside Althingi. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

Óskarsdóttir told Fréttabladid that the committee has held numerous meetings to discuss the constitutional parliament bill, which Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir submitted last autumn. According to the bill, constitutional parliamentary elections should take place alongside municipality elections on May 29.

That is no longer possible but the bill is still on the committee’s agenda, Óskarsdóttir said.

“Of course there are 100 different opinions on what a legislation on constitutional parliaments should look like but I am keen on dismissing it from the committee as soon as possible so a constitutional parliament can take place at the earliest possible date,” Óskarsdóttir said. “The chance is now and I don’t think we will get another.”

Birgir Ármannsson, the Independence Party’s representative on the committee, doubts that the bill can be completed this spring.

“It seems to me that the matter’s supporters have very different ideas on how it should be concluded,” Ármannsson said, adding that the majority has not been able to agree on how the constitutional parliamentary elections should take place and how it should operate.

The role of a constitutional parliament is to change the country’s constitution. Ordinary citizens are elected to the parliament—no MPs or ministers.

Click here to read more about the proposed constitutional parliament.

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