Cabinet approves constitutional changes
A Cabinet paper requesting permission to amend the existing Sri
Lankan Constitution, introduced in 1978, was approved by the Cabinet
Announcing the decision Acting Mass Media and Communication Minister
and Cabinet Spokesman, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene said “the period which
our country is presently going through is one in which the Government is
seeking to make necessary adjustments to the present ‘administrative and
constitutional structure’ of Sri Lanka, to bring about stability to the
He noted that with the conclusion of the war which caused unrest,
turmoil, untold hardships to the people and setbacks to
economic\development activities, a new era had dawned in.
In this context measures have been introduced by President Mahinda
Rajapaksa to develop every part of the country, he added. It has become
apparent, to continue the development process, that both administrative
and Constitutional changes are required to be made to both the 1978
Constitution (the second Republic Constitution of Sri Lanka) and certain
other laws for the time being in force (which are directly attributable
to the exercise of certain powers under the Constitution).
Therefore the approval sought from the Cabinet for this purpose by a
Cabinet paper presented by Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne was granted
approval, he added. According to the Minister the amendments would be
done in four stages. Necessary changes to the existing Presidential
system, electoral process, certain existing powers and matters related
to provincial administration would be sought.
The Minister also hinted that ways for the President to sit in
Parliament (an upper chamber of Parliament) along with setting up of a
Senate could be in the offing.