New Faeroese constitution vote set for next year

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Posted: Feb 11, 2017 5:48 AM

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Faeroe Islands' premier says a referendum on a new constitution for the semi-autonomous Danish North Atlantic territory will be held next year on April 25. No text has yet been approved.

Aksel V. Johannesen says his three-party governing coalition wants a "broad support" both among lawmakers in the 33-seat Lagting and voters.

Johannesen said Saturday a new Constitution must reflect "our identity as a nation" and "our right to self-determination."

The 18-island archipelago between Scotland and Iceland enjoys self-rule except for foreign and defense policy. It often refers itself as a nation and has several times floated the idea of full independence. Denmark has been supportive but said subsidy agreements should then be reviewed.

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Fishing and Danish subsidies are the main sources of income for the nearly 50,000 islanders.