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Icelandic Nation Split on Icesave Question

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Icelandic Nation Split on Icesave Question

icesave-logoApproximately 52 percent of those who responded to a new survey conducted by MMR (Media and Market Research) for business weekly Vidskiptabladid said they plan to pass the new Icesave legislation in the upcoming referendum on April 9.

Meanwhile, almost 48 percent of respondents are intending to reject the legislation. Around 900 people participated in the survey; the confidence rate is said to be 3.8 percent. Approximately 23.1 percent of respondents are undecided and 3.9 percent would not reveal their intention, ruv.is reports.

Respondents living in the capital region are more prone to passing the legislation, 58 percent, while 43 percent of respondents living in other parts of the country plan to vote ‘yes’ in the referendum.

As for education, 58 percent of respondents who have a university degree intend to vote in favor of the Icesave legislation while 59 percent of those who don’t have any higher education said they would reject the legislation.

In the same survey, people were asked about their position on European Union membership for Iceland. Almost 56 percent of respondents said they were against it, 30 percent supported it and 14 percent were undecided.

The Icelandic parliament, Althingi, will provide the University of Iceland Legal Institute with the task of preparing an objective and accessible information package about the Icesave agreements. The package will be distributed to all homes in the country and paid for by the state treasury.

This was the conclusion of discussions between the chairmen of parties that have a seat in parliament and the parliament’s speaker. A parliamentary resolution to that effect will be discussed at Althingi, which is backed by all parties.

The Ministry of the Interior didn’t believe it had the legal authority to prepare an information package about Icesave—it used to be the task of the Ministry of Justice to prepare such material but since the last national election was held, the Ministry of Justice and Transport were merged into the Ministry of the Interior.

Click here to read more about Icesave.

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