Opening of parliament today

23.11.2021 - 10:05
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The President of Iceland will formally open Alþingi early this afternoon. Due to the pandemic restrictions, only a very small handful of invited guests will join MPs at the opening and everybody there, including journalists, must provide negative rapid test results.

Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, the ‘Starfsaldursforseti’ (‘Father of the House’—the Member of Parliament who has served the longest) will chair the first meeting of the new parliament; commemorating former MPs and ministers who have passed away. 

After the President of the Republic has opened Alþingi, members will elect a parliamentary credentials committee, which will receive the final report from the preparatory parliamentary credentials committee into the vote count and re-count in the Northwest Iceland constituency following the 25th September election. The report will then be made public right away, on the Alþingi website. 

The preparatory committee finished its work shortly before 21.00 last night—the culmination of work that started at the beginning of October. 

It is now considered likely the preparatory committee will recommend three possible options to the elected committee, rather than the previously-assumed two: to re-run the election in the northwest, to allow the re-count result to stand, or to count all votes in the constituency again. 

The report will be debated and voted upon in Alþingi on Thursday. 

The opening of Alþingi will be broadcast live on Rás 1 radio and RÚV 1 TV, from 13.55. 

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