Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir said at a press conference after the new government’s first cabinet meeting in Akureyri yesterday that she had submitted proposals, including the establishment of an advisory constitutional parliament next year.
The government offices. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
“These are not changes to the constitution, as we had suggested earlier, but a question of proposing a parliamentary matter on establishing an advisory constitutional parliament whose representatives would be elected at the same time as representatives are elected to the local authorities,” Sigurdardóttir explained, according to Morgunbladid.
The next local authorities elections will take place in 2010, by which time the government plans to have introduced a system of individual candidacy, meaning that voters can elect individuals rather than just political parties.
Yesterday’s cabinet meeting also broached other matters that had been discussed but not decided in parliament during the caretaker government’s 90 days, such as the matter of national referendums as well as a bill on a state-owned asset administration company.
Minister of Finance Steingrímur J. Sigfússon proposed yesterday a resubmission of the bill on the asset administration company. “It has to be one of the first items that the parliament discusses as it’s related to the restoration of the economy and debt solutions for companies,” he explained.
Sigfússon stated that the company was a necessary tool to recover “large socially important companies or projects, which have to be sorted out and reorganized,” from banks and other financial institutions.