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Former President: Iceland Needs New Constitution

Former President of Iceland Vigdís Finnbogadóttir said in an interview with the University of Iceland Student Paper, which has just been released, that Iceland is in need of a new constitution.

Former President of Iceland Vigdís Finnbogadóttir. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

She would therefore like to see a constitutional parliament established as soon as possible, reports.

A constitutional parliament was first mentioned by the Progressive Party and after the new government’s first cabinet meeting Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir announced her support for the idea, however emphasizing that the parliament would only be advisory.

When asked, Finnbogadóttir said if a national government (a coalition of all parties) would have taken over after the crisis hit last fall, the public might have been more accepting.

“But you never know what would have happened if anything had been made differently,” Finnbogadóttir added. “However, after a long partnership with the Constitution of Iceland and considerable tolerance in that marriage, I feel, and have felt for a long time, that it is pretty urgent that we are given a constitutional parliament.”

The former president also said that she had been hurt by the blows Iceland’s reputation suffered after the banking collapse. It had been part of her life’s work to raise the image of the country and nation to a higher level.

Her purpose now is to try and revive that image and prove that Iceland’s culture is its strength, Finnbogadóttir concluded.

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