A petition demanding Iceland’s government adopt the 2012 “crowdsourced constitution” closed yesterday after gathering 43,423 signatures. A movement in support of the constitution has been gathering steam. Meanwhile, Iceland’s Parliament has put together a cross-party committee currently working to revise the constitution with little public input.
Constitutional reform has been on Iceland’s agenda for years. Following the banking collapse, the country “crowdsourced” a new constitution which was handed over to Parliament. A national referendum followed, where a majority voted for the document to be used as a foundation for constitutional reform. Yet it was never adopted. Eight years later, a movement in support of that constitution is growing.
A recent survey showed that nearly 60% of Icelanders considered it important that the government passes a new constitution this term. Last week, graffiti in downtown Reykjavík reading “Where is the new constitution?” was removed by government authorities. The graffiti has since been repainted on a different surface at the same location. The removal may have had the opposite effect of that intended – as there was an uptick in signatures on the petition following the incident. A second mural in support of the new constitution, pictured above, has since been painted on Skólavörðustígur street.