A petition has been launched on the website kjosum.is, where people are asked to sign their names to urge the Icelandic parliament, Althingi, to reject the bill on the state guarantee for Landsbanki’s Icesave deposits and for President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson to refuse to sign it so that the matter can be voted on in a national referendum.
Approximately 10,600 people had signed the petition by this morning.
In response, supporters of the Icesave bill launched the website “Icesave – já takk” (“Icesave – yes, please”), where people are encouraged to sign a petition to make sure the bill is passed in parliament and approved by the president.
The website does not have a counter but its founder Róbert B. Jóhannesson wrote today that there are around 400 signatures.
According to a recent survey, 47 percent of respondents want the new Icesave bill to be passed. It has also garnered more support in parliament than the previous bill with the leadership of the largest opposition party declaring support for it.
President Grímsson said on the political chat program Silfur Egils on RÚV yesterday that the new Icesave agreement is much better than the one he referred to a national referendum one year ago.
He said he would not consider whether or not the new agreement should also be sent to a national referendum while it was still being discussed at Althingi.
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