FinMin predicts PM's constitution bill “may well pass”
The bill, put forth by the PM on her own, has been distributed to members of Alþingi and proposes four main changes to the constitution.
Firstly, a section on the Icelandic language and clarification of the State authorities’ obligations to the language. Secondly, a section on environmental protection. Thirdly, changes to the section on the President and the executive—including that the president’s term should be extended from four years to six, but limited to two terms (12 years). Fourthly, a section on resources in national ownership.
“I view it as that we have much opportunity to have a good and comprehensive discussion on this issue and I can only believe that there will be support for a great many of these changes,” says Katrín Jakobsdóttir, prime minister and leader of Vinstri grænir (the Left Greens).
Her coalition partner Bjarni Benediktsson, finance minister and leader of Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn, says he is not ready to throw his weight behind the bill yet: “I am happy with this bill. I am going to maintain the right to carry on looking into the workings of individual chapters, but overall I am pretty pleased with the proposals.”
But do you support the bill?
“That will of course come to light when parliament has got to grips with the matter with regard to the possible changes and such forth. But we are working on it together within Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn and are going to apply ourselves to this work. I can well-see this bill passing before the election,” Bjarni concludes.