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Mar 20, 2017

Formulation of constitution at standstill without SLFP stand! Featured

The formulation of a new constitution has come to a standstill due to a SLFP-appointed committee not submitting a report on the party’s stand and the president failure to declare his view with regard to the matter, ‘Ravaya’ reports.

After the six subcommittees submitted their reports and the steering committee of the constitutional assembly presented its report by December 10, parliament was due to debate it in January.

The steering committee was to submit a draft agreeable to both the UNP and the SLFP, with its chairman, prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe having said his party would support any recommendation by the steering committee.

The SLFP had been given a February 10 deadline to submit its views, but even one month later, it has not done so.

The party committee comprising Nimal Siripala de Silva, Dilan Perera, Mahinda Samarasinghe and Susil Premajayantha have not met once for the past several days.

As the SLFP chairman, president Maithripala Sirisena is yet to make his stand known, while having told only the PM, civil society organizations and those who had supported him at the 2015 presidential polls that he would back a new constitution.

He has already obtained a set of proposals from several members of the steering committee on devolution of powers, to which too, he has yet to respond.

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