Iceland constitution referendum will be delayed

The proposed national referendum on changes to the Icelandic constitution will not now go ahead at the same time as this June’s presidential election. Parliament could not organise a vote in time.

The referendum was due to go ahead on 30th June, at the same time as the presidential election.

Now Ví reports that Alþingi did not manage to pass a vote on a resolution about the referendum and such public consultations have to be organised with three or more months’ notice; meaning the deadline has now expired.

There was heavy debate in the parliamentary chamber and strong allegations made on both sides; as well as frequent heckling.

The session was therefore stopped at midnight when it became clear no vote on the parliamentary resolution would take place.

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