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Written by Iceland Review   
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 12:30

Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir announced at parliament yesterday that the Constitutional Assembly will not be canceled in spite of the Supreme Court’s verdict. Either voting will take place again or Althingi will vote or hire the 25 elects, she said.

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Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

“No doubt there are more options. In any case we must seek all resources possible to make sure the Constitutional Assembly will be held and that the important task that it was given by law will be completed,” the PM said in her speech, ruv.is reports.

“We have mostly been in agreement on this issue so far and I hope that solidarity will continue. People are not supposed to use this incident for political battles. The Constitutional Assembly was the nation’s tool to forge a new constitution and we cannot take the assembly away from the nation,” Sigurdardóttir said.

She stated that the verdict is disappointing, yet the deficiencies mentioned have to do with the execution of the election and not its legal framework, adding that secrecy had not been violated in the election and no problems surfaced during the execution.

Either the deficiencies mentioned by the Supreme Court will be fixed and Constitutional Assembly representatives will be reelected, she said, or a permit in the law will be used for Althingi to choose representatives for the assembly, possibly the same persons that were voted in November, provided Althingi deems their democratic authority sufficient.

Ólöf Nordal, vice-chair of the Independence Party, said the Supreme Court’s verdict shows that the legislation on the Constitutional Assembly was flawed. She pointed out that this is the first time that general elections have been ruled invalid and that the prime minister must reflect on the situation that has now come up.

“This is yet another example of the impasse the government finds itself in. Most people would thoroughly reconsider their position and we must demand that the government takes this situation seriously and reacts sensibly,” Nordal commented.

In Morgunbladid, Sigurdardóttir is quoted as saying that “the conservatives” are “petrified” that a clause on Iceland’s natural resources being in national ownership will be added to the constitution and proclaimed it sad how “the conservatives” have gloated over the Supreme Court’s ruling.

According to ruv.is, minister for Internal Affairs Ögmundur Jónasson pointed out that no political party was against the election to begin with and that no person had claimed that the outcome of the election would have been different had another arrangement been in place.

Jónasson added that before the legality of the election is debated it has to be proven that the rights of every single individual were violated first.

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