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PM to submit constitutional bill alone

15.01.2021 - 12:03
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Prime minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir will put forth a bill for constitutional change to Alþingi on her own, after formal talks with all other party leaders to agree a joint bill failed.

Katrín says she is optimistic that parliament will pass her bill during its spring term, which starts on Monday. “My conclusion is that I will put forth proposals for change in one bill, now, on the first days of the new session,” she says. 

Katrín’s proposals relate to resources owned by the nation, environmental and nature conservation, the Icelandic language, and changes to Section 2 of the constitution on the president and executive powers. 

Asked whether she is disappointed to be putting the bill forth on her own, Katrín replied: “I didn’t necessarily expect that this matter, that is to say constitutional changes, that it would be possible to achieve unanimity on them.” 

She points out that debate on the constitution has been quite polarising over the past decade, “so I allow myself to hope that, although there is not unanimity among the group, they were nevertheless good meetings and that very important points-of-view were aired.” 

Katrín says different parties have differing views on the constitution, as was clearly seen during statements in Alþingi from party leaders and representatives. “I hope that discussion in parliament will at least lead to greater solidarity on this matter,” the PM concludes. 

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