It remains undecided when Iceland’s Althingi parliament will be dissolved so that political parties can start their campaigns for the upcoming elections on April 25. Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir formally announced the election date today.
Inside Iceland’s Althingi parliament. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
“It means that the election date has been confirmed and absentee elections can begin,” Sigurdardóttir told Fréttabladid. “However, it does not mean that parliament is being dismissed and that MPs can go home. A decision on that has not been made yet.”
When asked when she would prefer parliament to be dismissed so that the campaign could formally begin, the PM replied, “[The dissolution of parliament] has differed in the past, but it is generally at least one month [before the elections].”
Sigurdardóttir said that the chairpersons of all political parties had been provided with a list of the matters which the government believes is important to complete before the parliament’s dismissal.
“These are matters concerning homes and companies and points that are important to the reconstruction of the financial market. Then there is the matter of [changing] the constitution, which is in fact the most controversial issue,” the PM explained.
Parliament was expected to be dismissed yesterday, but Sigurdardóttir insisted that more time is needed to work on these vital matters.
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