From Iceland — Prime Minister Does Not Rule Out New Law

Prime Minister Does Not Rule Out New Law

Published January 8, 2010

Icelandic Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir told reporters that she doesn’t rule out the possibility of simply re-drafting a new Icesave law, instead of taking up a national referendum.
The prime minister told Vísir that she would need to see great multi-partisan support for a new committee to draft a new deal to offer British and Dutch authorities with regards to Icesave. This news comes on the tail of related news that the conservative opposition parties – perhaps seeing that only 42% of the nation actually approved of the president’s veto of the Icesave law – now support the idea of a new Icesave law drawn up by the ruling coalition, instead of a national referendum.
The Prime Minister’s idea is in harmony with tje opinions of London School of Economics professor Jón Daníelsson and former Social Democrat heavyweight Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, as well as 67% of the Icelandic people.
The current referendum plans estimate preliminary costs at about 20 million ISK, and could be held as soon as 20 February.

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