Apr 01, 2017

President gives green light for new Constitution Featured

President Maithripala Sirisena is said to have advised Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to expedite the process of formulating a new Constitution, according to Presidential Secretariat sources.

The President convened a special meeting regarding the new Constitution last Monday (27) with the Prime Minister, Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, Muslim Congress leader Rauf Hakeem, Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Mano Ganesan and Rishath Bathiudeen and made the request to expedite the process.

He also requested the Steering Committee report on devolution of power to be sent to him.

To inform the public:

Accordingly, the Prime Minister had forwarded all relevant reports to the President and had also notified the relevant parties to expedite the process of notifying the public with regard to the process of formulating the new Constitution.

According to Presidential Secretariat sources, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumarathunge had also made the same request.

Although a debate had arisen regarding the requirement of a referendum for the formulating of a new Constitution, the President had pointed out that Constitutional law experts had stated that the clauses on power devolution can be passed without a referendum.

He pointed out that accordingly, a new draft with regard to the Constitution can be formulated and presented to parliament.

Without a referendum:

However, with the devolution of power, some of the executive powers of the Executive President to will be reduced further.
Meanwhile, the Constitutional changes pertaining to the changing of election laws is also expected to take place.