Bill on Changes to Iceland’s Constitution Approved

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Bill on Changes to Iceland’s Constitution Approved

The majority of MPs in Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, passed the bill of opposition parties Left-Green Movement, Social Democratic Alliance and Bright Future last week on changes to the Constitution of Iceland with 35 votes against six.

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Photo: Geir Ólafsson/Iceland Review.

Seven MPs abstained and 15 weren’t present, including Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, visir.is reports.

“This is of course great news … and that most Independence Party MPs also voted for the bill. It’s hopefully is a sign that the majority coalition is willing to carry on the work on changes to the constitution,” commented Left-Green chair Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

The bill, which was introduced as a compromise in the debate surrounding the constitution before the last election in April, enables changes to the constitution to be carried out without an election being held in between.

The bill was opposed by most Independence Party and Progressive Party MPs last term and therefore it is considered a breakthrough that the majority of MPs of the former party voted in favor of the bill.

However, most Progressive Party MPs in attendance voted against it.

PM Sigmundur has called for a constitutional committee being established in parliament with representatives of all parties to try and reach a conclusion on what changes should be carried out to the constitution this term.

Related:

06.03.2013 | Constitutional Bill Pending in Iceland’s Parliament

19.02.2013 | Parts of Iceland’s Constitutional Bill to be Changed

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