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Constitutional Parliament Elected in November

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Constitutional Parliament Elected in November

Speaker of Parliament Ásta Ragnheidur Jóhannesdóttir (pictured), in consultation with the constitutional committee and Minister of Justice Ragna Árnadóttir, has decided that representatives to the Constitutional Parliament will be voted for on November 27.

The parliament’s purpose is to review the Constitution of Iceland, visir.is reports.

The parliament will have at least 25 and no more than 31 nationally-elected representatives whose candidacy is not to be in liaison with anyone else.

The country will be one constituency during the election. The deadline for announcing candidacies expires on October 18.

The constitutional committee, which was appointed by the Althingi parliament in June, has decided that a national assembly on the constitution will be held November 6-7 as a prelude to the constitutional parliament.

The national assembly will comprise of 1,000 representatives of the Icelandic nation chosen at random from the national registry. The assembly is to conclude on what factors the public wants to emphasize in the country’s administration and constitution.

The constitutional committee is to work with the information gathered at the national assembly and present its conclusions to the Constitutional Parliament when it convenes in February 2011.

Click here to read more about the Constitutional Parliament and here to read about other national assemblies held in Iceland.

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