Salvör Nordal, director of the University of Iceland Ethics Institute and the second-most popular candidate among voters, was elected chairperson of Constitutional Council at its second formal meeting yesterday. Farmer Ari Teitsson was elected the council’s vice-chair.
Nordal (left) and Teitsson. Photo by Jón SV of Motiv.
The council’s inaugural meeting took place on Wednesday when councilpersons accepted a 700-page report on the conclusions of the 2010 National Gathering, among other material, from the Constitutional Committee.
Ómar Ragnarsson, one of the council’s 25 members, spoke on its behalf at its first meeting, promising that “fresh winds will blow” during the council’s meeting and that each meeting would be concluded with a song.
The council will now take three to four months to review the Constitution of Iceland under Nordal’s leadership, taking the report and the conclusions of the National Gathering into consideration, and prepare a bill on changes to constitution, which will be submitted to parliament.
Click here to read more about the inaugural meeting and watch a video of the first song performed by the council’s members.