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Written by Iceland Review   
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 12:30

The General Committee of the Icelandic parliament, Althingi, approved the suggestion that a Constitutional Council be held instead of the planned Constitutional Assembly; the plans for which were shattered after the Supreme Court invalidated the assembly election in January.

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During the Constitutional Assembly voting. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

It is assumed that Althingi will appoint the 25 people who were elected to the assembly to the Constitutional Council, which will write a bill for a new constitution, Morgunbladid reports.

The majority of the General Committee also suggests that the Constitutional Council will elect a chairman from within the group of 25 elects who will be responsible to Althingi for the council’s finances.

Other suggestions include that the council’s meetings be open so that the public can follow its work and that the committee that had prepared the Constitutional Assembly provide the council’s members with facilities, staff and expert assistance.

The members of the Constitutional Council are to have the same salaries as parliamentarians and its chairman the same salary as the Speaker of Althingi. The council is to determine its own work methods and should not need the parliament’s approval.

The minority of the General Committee, the representatives of the opposition Independence Party and the Progressive Party, are against the Constitutional Council proposal but it was approved by Thór Saari of The Movement, the parliament’s third opposition party.

The second round of discussions about the Constitutional Council will take place at Althingi later this week.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 January 2012 23:01
 

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