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No Referendum Alongside Presidential Election

A parliamentary resolution on voting on new articles in the Icelandic constitution in a national referendum alongside the presidential election this year was not passed before the midnight deadline yesterday.


Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

According to law, three months must pass from when a decision is made on having a national referendum and until it takes place, reports. The presidential election is scheduled on June 30.

Many MPs expressed their anger at fellow MPs during parliamentary debates last night.

Helgi Hjörvar of the Social Democrats gave the last speech before midnight and urged his colleagues to seek ways to make the national referendum take place alongside the presidential election in spite of the legal barrier.

Jón Gunnarsson of the Independence Party spoke before Helgi and he blamed “the communists” in the government for not succeeding in scheduling the national referendum and presidential election simultaneously.

“This will not stop us in consulting the people of this country in the making of a new constitution,” commented Social Democrat MP Valgerður Bjarnadóttir, who chaired the parliament’s Constitutional Committee, to Morgunblaðið last night.

Click here to read more about the recent heated parliamentary debates.


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