From Iceland — Special Parliamentary Session Called To Discuss Constitution

Special Parliamentary Session Called To Discuss Constitution

Published February 15, 2013

With very few days remaining in the parliamentary calendar, a special session was called today with the express purpose of discussion the constitution. Today’s meeting was called without consulting the opposition, resulting in Birgir Ármannsson, MP for the Independence Party, calling for the debate to be postponed, RÚV reports.
There is very little agreement taking place at present as to how parliament should proceed with discussing the constitution.
One point that does seem to be agreed upon is that the largest point brought to light by the Venice Commission – regarding the very organisation of the state – may wait to be discussed during the next term.
“The Venice Commission’s most heavily weighted comments on the constitutional draft are about the organisation of the state and the harmony between the three branches of the government and how they rule. I think it is important to correctly evaluate whether we should deal with these issues in parts during the next session,” said Social Democratic Alliance MP Skúli Helgason.
Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir echoed this sentiment, adding that she expects good cooperation with the Progressive Party in reaching the best solutions where the constitution is concerned.
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