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No Decision on Constitutional Assembly

The parliamentary committee which was appointed to decide the fate of the Constitutional Assembly after the Supreme Court of Iceland invalidated the election that was held in November has not reached a conclusion on how to proceed.


Inside Althingi. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

Fréttabladid reported yesterday that there were indications that the majority of the committee members were in favor of the 25 elects being appointed to a constitutional council, which would advise the Icelandic parliament, Althingi, on changes to the constitution.

There are representatives from all political parties that have a seat in Althingi on the committee. After it has submitted its proposal, the parliament will decide when and in what form the Constitutional Assembly will be held, whether a new election should take place or whether it will be canceled altogether.

The opposition of the Independence Party’s members on the committee is said to be delaying its decision making. Allegedly, they are delaying the decision on purpose with a filibuster. The committee will assemble again today and it is hoped that a conclusion can be reached tonight.

Click here to read more about the Constitutional Assembly.

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