From Iceland — About 70% Oppose Icesave Bill

About 70% Oppose Icesave Bill

Published December 11, 2009

Of those who responded to a poll conducted by MMR for the newspaper Viðskiptablaðið, 70% said they were against the passage of the Icesave bill in its current form.
Specifically, respondants said they would like the president to veto the bill, and put it up for public referendum. Additionally, 60% believe that recent changes to the bill have been for the worse rather than the better. 924 individuals between the ages of 18 and 67 responded to the poll.
The Icesave bill has recently been voted back to the Finance Committee for more fine tuning. After it leaves committee, it will go to the floor of parliament for a third and final debate. It is already unclear whether or not the bill will even pass – two members of the ruling coalition, Leftist-Greens Ögmundur Jónasson and Lilja Mósesdóttir, voted against the bill in its current form. Also, a third Leftist-Green MP, Ásmundur Einar Daðason, told reporters that he has doubts about voting for the bill in the third debate. As the ruling coalition only holds 34 of parliament’s 64 seats, no-votes from these three Leftist-Green MPs would effectively defeat the bill, unless unaffiliated MP Þráinn Bertelsson votes for it, as he did during the previous round of votes.

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