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Constitution bill criticized from many sources

The Speaker of the Althingi says that Katrín Jakobsdóttir’s constitutional bill contains clearer provisions on the Althingi’s position in the constitution. MPs are far from unanimous in their position on the bill.

The first debate on Katrín’s bill began on Tuesday last week and continued today . Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, Speaker of the Althing, says various improvements in the bill regarding the position of the Althing. For example, bills could live between parliaments during an election period so that it would not be necessary to re-introduce issues that had been the subject of much work.

“Of course, this must not lead to issues being delayed unnecessarily and uploaded. The process could be envisaged in such a way that a parliamentary committee that has a matter in such a position for discussion proposes to the parliament as a whole that the matter be transferred between parliaments. But if they submit, it would have to be agreed to finish work on the latter, “said Steingrímur.

Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir watches Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, Speaker of the Althing, in discussions on her constitutional bill, which is unlikely to pass unchanged or in its entirety. Station 2 / Sigurjón

It would then be natural to establish the practice of seeking the opinion of the Speaker of Althingi and the chairmen of parliamentary parties before The Prime Minister’s proposal for the dissolution of the Althingi would be considered.

“This seeks to ensure that the position of the Althingi as a whole on the Prime Minister’s proposal for the dissolution of the Althingi is available. Such a proposal should not be accepted if the majority of the Althingi wishes otherwise. In other words, Althingi will not be disrupted in opposition to or against its will, “said Steingrímur.

This underlined the parliamentary rule and would be normal in a democracy with a parliamentary government and executive that seeks its mandate for democratic elections. National Assembly.

Björn Leví Gunnarsson, Member of Parliament for Pírata, said that it would have its advantages if voters prioritized candidates for the office of President of Iceland. Station 2 / Sigurjón

Many comments on the provisions on the presidency

Supplier Ármannsson, the parliamentary party chairman of the Independence Party, said that proposals regarding the parliament were symbolic rather than that they strengthened the position of the parliament so much. There was a lot of discussion about provisions regarding the presidency, such as voters ranking candidates in order to ensure that the president always has a majority behind him.

It was obvious in Birgis Ármannsson’s argument that he does not consider there to be a great need for the changes provided for in Katrín Jakobsdóttir’s constitutional bill. Stöð 2 / Sigurjón

“If the parliament thinks it “If it were in any way necessary or important to force a majority behind the sitting president, I think it would be more natural, convenient and cleaner to do so in two rounds,” said Birgir. If voters prioritized candidates, there was a risk that the lowest common denominator would be chosen and not someone that the majority of voters really wanted.

It would then be a matter of taste whether the presidential term would be extended from four years to six. He himself saw no reason for it. However, there should be no restriction on how many terms a president can serve.

“There are rules in countries around us, the United States, France, even more countries where the presidency is very powerful. Because there are restrictions on one person being able to hold that powerful position for too long. Those circumstances do not apply in any way in this country, “said Birgir Ármannsson.

Many more views were expressed regarding the draft constitution. For example, on the resource provision and whether it would not have been appropriate to submit a bill for a comprehensive revision of the Constitution on the basis of the Constitutional Council’s proposals.

The first debate on the bill ended in Althingi tonight and the bill will now be discussed in the Constitutional and Monitoring Committee before another debate on it begins in Althingi.

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The chairmen of Viðreisn and the Center Party say various things about the constitutional amendments proposed by Katrín Jakobsdóttir, the Prime Minister, which she has submitted to the Althingi, unclear. They both consider it worrying that the proposals are not submitted in agreement or broad consensus.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir’s bill on changes to the constitution was poorly received in Alþingi today. It is unlikely that it will succeed in its entirety.

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