Review of Iceland Constitution Submitted in January

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Review of Iceland Constitution Submitted in January

A bill on a new Constitution for Iceland will be brought before the Venice Commission, who is to return its evaluation of the bill in January. The first round of discussion about the bill began at Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, yesterday.

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Alþingi. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

Valgerður Bjarnadóttir, who chairs the Constitutional and Supervisory Committee of Alþingi, stated that in spite of the Venice Commission’s evaluation, the new Constitution will be “homemade,” ruv.is reports.

The bill is more than 250 pages and is based on the proposals of the Constitutional Council for a new Constitution for Iceland, amendment proposals from a group of specialists and the results of the national referendum in October. The bill is an overall revamp of the current Constitution.

Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir urged MPs to complete the project and not postpone it just for the sake of it but Bjarni Benediktsson, chair of the opposition’s Independence Party, stated it would be unrealistic to complete it in time for the next general election in spring 2013.

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