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19th amendment to Sri Lankan Constitution next month: JVP

The nineteenth amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution primarily aimed at abolishing executive presidency in the country will be tabled in Parliament next month, a top leader of the ruling coalition said on Tuesday.



Colombo: The nineteenth amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution primarily aimed at abolishing executive presidency in the country will be tabled in Parliament next month, a top leader of the ruling coalition said on Tuesday.

"We made every important decisions on Tuesday in achieving greater democracy, establish rule of law," said Anura Kumara Dissanayake, leader of the JVP or People's Liberation Front.

"We decided to present in parliament the 19th amendment aimed at abolishing executive presidency, establishing independent commissions," Dissanayake said.

Sri Lanka's new President Maithripala Sirisena had pledged greater democratic reforms in his election manifesto as the opposition unity candidate.

His 100-day programme envisages to slash the authoritarian powers of his predecessors.

Dissanayake said among the reforms adopted in March will
be the Right to Information Bill.

Addressing a group of Buddhist monks, Prime Minister Ranil
Wickremesinghe said that the government hopes to reach accord with other political parties on the constitutional reforms.

"We are working round the clock to achieve our 100 day programme so we need support from all parties," Wickremesinghe said. 

From Zee News

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