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Mar 10, 2017

Proposal for new constitution without a referendum! Featured

The SLFP is preparing to request the constitutional steering committee to propose how a constitutional amendment could be carried out without holding a referendum.

The party will make the request as it has already taken a decision that a referendum should not take place to adopt a new constitution, a senior minister of the SLFP told Sri Lanka Mirror.

MP Dr. Jayampathy Wickremaratne has informed the constitutional steering committee that the executive presidency could be abolished without a mandate at a referendum.

So far, no constitutional draft has been prepared and the Supreme Court will decide if public consent is needed for the purpose at a referendum.

Certain sections of the government are losing interest for a new constitution, with only prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and a handful of ministers and MPs are still actively campaigning for a new constitution.

The constitution formulating steering committee has met on 52 occasions under the PM’s chairmanship, but only the PM was present at the last meeting on March 08.

Some of its members were involved in the clash of opinion with regard to the temporary ban imposed on its member Dinesh Gunawardena against attending House sittings.

The PM waited for around hour for the other members, and then left as they did not make an appearance.

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