From Iceland — Constitution To Be Up For Referendum

Constitution To Be Up For Referendum

Published July 29, 2011

The draft of Iceland’s new constitution was officially submitted to parliament today, and will soon be up for vote by public referendum.
As reported, the 25-member constitutional committee completed and approved a draft for a new constitution for Iceland. The changes included in the draft touch on, among other areas, church and state, separation of powers, government transparency and the use of natural resources.
Vísir reports that the draft was formally submitted to the president of parliament, Ásta Ragnheiður Jóhannesdóttir, today in the form of a bill. The bill was unanimously passed by parliament.
Now the articles of the new constitution will be put up for public referendum for approval or rejection. The committee members were all in agreement that the people should vote on the new articles before parliament completes their own approval process. The committee said it was ready to get back to work and make any changes that might be called for before the referendum takes place.
The new constitution contains 114 articles in nine chapters. It can be read here, in Icelandic. Or you can get the gist of what the constitution contains by running it through Google Translate, although readers should bear in mind that Icelandic-to-English translations done through Google can be confusing or misleading.

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