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Video: Constitutional Council Sings at Inaugural Meeting

The first formal meeting of the Constitutional Council took place at its facilities on Ofanleiti 2 in Reykjavík yesterday. As the council’s most senior member, Ómar Ragnarsson spoke on its behalf, declaring: “Here, fresh winds will blow.”

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Ragnarsson addresses the crowd. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

He announced the council’s decision to conclude each meeting on a positive note—with a song—and after yesterday’s meeting the choir of 25 councilpersons performed “Öxar vid ána”, a classic independence anthem, to the crowded room and 700 webcam spectators.

Video by Páll Stefánsson.

“We consider ourselves a link in the chain of generations and the progression of history,” Ragnarsson added. Today, the council will elect its chairperson and vice-chairperson, Fréttabladid reports.

The council has appointed a five-person group under the leadership of Vilhjálmur Thorsteinsson to make suggestions on the council’s work methods.

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The council. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

The likely conclusion is that all 25 councilpersons will gather at meetings once a week that will be broadcast live but work in different committees in between meetings.

The council has three to four months to complete its review of the Icelandic Constitution and propose changes to it in a parliamentary resolution that will be submitted to the Icelandic parliament, Althingi, for approval.

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Councilmembers accept the report. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

At yesterday’s meeting, the Constitutional Committee presented each councilmember with a 700-page report on constitutional issues, including the conclusions of the National Gathering last autumn.

The attendees of the gathering concluded, for example, that the reformed constitution should include a provision stating that natural resources are national domain and that 15 percent of voters should be able to demand national referendums.

Click here to read more about the Constitutional Council.

For further information about the council, visit its official website, stjornlagarad.is, where its meetings can also be observed.

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