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Icesave Referendum in Iceland Possibly Postponed

Some members of the government parties have suggested that the Icesave referendum, set for March 6, be postponed because of the delay of the report from the Althingi parliament’s investigation committee on the banking collapse.

The investigation committee announced yesterday that the report, which was supposed to be made public on February 1, will be delayed by a few weeks, Fréttabladid reports.

MPs of the Social Democrats and Left-Greens argue that it is important that the parliament and the Icelandic nation have time to study the report thoroughly before voting on the Icesave legislation.

The matter was discussed during a meeting of the Social Democrat parliamentary group yesterday. The parliamentary group’s chairman, Björgvin G. Sigurdsson, said it is impossible if there are only a few days between the publication of the report and the referendum.

The report might include information which people would like to take into account when they pass their vote on the Icesave legislation, Sigurdsson reasoned.

It would be best if the investigation committee put an exact deadline on the publication of their report and that a new date for the referendum be decided afterwards, he added.

Björn Valur Gíslason, an MP for the Left-Greens, agrees.

However, members of the opposition are against postponing the referendum. “It would be best to finish the report and publish the conclusions in time [for the referendum] and if something is unfinished it should be completed later and published as addenda,” said Sigmundur Davíd Gunnlaugsson, chairman of the Progressive Party.

Click here to read more about the delayed report and here to read more about Icesave.

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