Meeting This Afternoon To Further Discuss Constitution - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Meeting This Afternoon To Further Discuss Constitution

Published March 6, 2013

The Chairmen of the political parties represented in Alþingi are meeting this afternoon to determine a possible solution to the constitutional issue, RÚV reports.
With just 7 working days left in this session of parliament there remain many large issues pending, including a new bill on the quota system, and full reviews of the social security system, nature conservation, and mass media regulation, among others. Moreover, it would appear that disagreements among political parties is slowing the process to a near halt.
“It is clear that the issue is in an impasse but it is just as clear that the Progressive Party agreed at their  national congress agreement to emphasize certain aspects [of the constitution] and it remains to be seen if the Independence Party is working against this issue because it is defending the fishery industry and those who have a stake in it since the new constitution would feature a provision on ownership of natural resources,” said Össur Skarphéðinsson, Minister of Foreign Affairs, of the state of discussions.


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