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May 20, 2017

SLFP evades commenting on draft constitution! Featured

The SLFP is unlikely to submit its comments with regard to a draft prepared by the steering committee of the Constitutional Assembly before a May 23 deadline for political parties to submit their views, ‘Ravaya’ reports.

The SLFP has appointed a committee comprising Susil Premajayantha, Dilan Perera, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Chandima Weerakkody and Anura Priyadarshana Yapa to prepare a report.

However, this committee had not fixed a date, by May 18, to meet and discuss matters.

‘Not a burning issue’

When contacted, a member of the committee said a new constitution was not a burning issue for the country, and stressed that everyone was presently worried by the prevailing economic crisis.

If discussions take place about a constitution, the government will earn further public displeasure and it will be defeated at a referendum, according to him.

He added the committee would try to meet before May 23 to take a decision, adding that meeting the deadline was not essential.

UNP will not object

When the steering committee meets on May 23, the UNP has decided not to raise objections to the draft.

The TNA is likely to follow suit.

The steering committee hopes to table the draft before parliament after this month.

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