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Constitutional Council to Hand in Suggestions in June

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Constitutional Council to Hand in Suggestions in June

The Constitutional Council, which will be held instead of the Constitutional Assembly, is to propose changes to the Constitution of Iceland and hand in their suggestions in the form of a bill to Althingi, the Icelandic parliament, by the end of June.

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Inside the Althingi parliament. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

A parliamentary resolution on the Constitutional Assembly was presented at Althingi yesterday by Álfheidur Ingadóttir of the Left-Greens, Birgitta Jónsdóttir of The Movement, Valgerdur Bjarnadóttir of the Social Democrats and Höskuldur Thór Thórhallsson of the Progressive Party, Fréttabladid reports.

Thórhallsson said he supports the resolution but believes it should have been presented by the executive power.

The Constitutional Council has the same tasks as the assembly was meant to have but the council will decide its own work methods whereas rather strict regulations had been made for the assembly in that regard.

The Constitutional Council’s members are the 25 Constitutional Assembly elects. If any of the elects choose not to accept a seat on the council, the runners-up will be offered to take that seat.

The Constitutional Council is supposed to cover the following topics concerning the Constitution of Iceland:

1. The administration’s foundation. 2. The arrangement of the legislative and executive power and its limits. 3. The presidential office. 4. The courts. 5. Elections and the arrangement of constituencies. 6. The democratic participation of the public, for example, through national referendums. 7. The devolution of the state power to international institutions and the treatment of foreign affairs. 8. Environmental issues, including the ownership of and the right to harness natural resources.

Click here to read more about the Constitutional Assembly and Council.

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