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MPs Propose Referendum on Constitution Next Fall

By Iceland Review

Seven parliamentarians suggest that a referendum on changes to the Icelandic constitution as drafted by the Constitutional Council take place next autumn, on October 20 at the latest. They submitted a proposed amendment to the current proposal on consultative national referendums last week.


Inside Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

Such a proposal must be accepted two months before a national referendum. The matter was last discussed at Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, in March, when it was suggested that a referendum on the new constitution take place alongside the presidential election on June 30. The proposal was not accepted and now other options are being discussed, Fréttablaðið reports.

Valgerður Bjarnadóttir of the Social Democrats, one of the presenters of the latest proposal, said it will be up for discussion at Alþingi as soon as possible.

Birgir Ármannsson of the Independence Party said that his party’s position is clear, that it would be a more natural procedure to work on the constitutional draft at Alþingi before it is voted on in a national referendum.

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