Constitution Draft Submitted

Published July 28, 2011

The Constitutional Committee completed its task of creating a draft for Iceland’s new constitution yesterday, and will soon be submitted to parliament.
Iceland’s original constitution is more or less borrowed from the Danes. In the wake of the 2008 economic collapse, a public outcry to change the very structure of Iceland’s socio-political system led to an initiative to write a new constitution. The committee – comprised of 25 men and women from around Iceland, and appointed by the Prime Minister for the task – have for the past few months been working on writing a new constitution for Iceland.
During this time, the committee has been posting their progress on a website, inviting comments from the general public on what changes they would like to see, or what changes the public would like made to new constitutional articles that the committee has drafted.
The committee concluded their work yesterday, and the new constitution has been submitted to the Prime Minister, who will in turn submit it to parliament for possible changes and an eventual vote.
The changes made to Iceland’s political structure include a re-working of government checks and balances, how natural resources may be used, and the role of the president.
A final vote on the matter is not yet for months to come, but this remains nonetheless a landmark in Icelandic history.



News
Aluminium Smelting Costs 34% Less Than Average In Iceland

Aluminium Smelting Costs 34% Less Than Average In Iceland

by

The price of running an aluminium smelter in Iceland is 34% lower than the worlds average according to Icelandic power

News
Association of Filmmakers Criticizes Shooting Fast 8 At Mývatn

Association of Filmmakers Criticizes Shooting Fast 8 At Mývatn

by

A few months ago, Fast & Furious announced that their eighth movie would be filmed in Iceland. Now the Association

News
“Summer Streets” Just Around The Corner

“Summer Streets” Just Around The Corner

by

A good portion of downtown will once again be closed to car traffic for the summer. An statement from the

News
Lawyer Going After Journalists, Social Media Activity

Lawyer Going After Journalists, Social Media Activity

by

A lawyer representing two men who were accused of rape is now setting his sights on journalists and people posting

News
Opposition Takes Hit, Ruling Coalition Gains Ground In New Poll

Opposition Takes Hit, Ruling Coalition Gains Ground In New Poll

by

The results of a new Gallup poll show the Independence Party surpassing the Pirates for the first time in over

News
President’s Wife Linked To More Offshore Companies

President’s Wife Linked To More Offshore Companies

by

New revelations have linked Dorrit Moussaieff to more offshore companies than was previously thought. President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson has denied

Show Me More!