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TNA to move adjournment debate on Constitutional reforms

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has decided to move an adjournment motion on Constitutional reforms in Parliament next week.

Following a request made by the TNA leadership during a Party Leaders’ Meeting, Parliament has agreed to facilitate a two-day Adjournment Debate on ‘Constitutional Reforms in Sri Lanka’.

The debate will be held on July 25 and 26. The TNA has requested the debate with the aim of reviving discussion on constitutional making exercise which has been stalled since January.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who headed the Steering Committee meant for drafting Constitutional reforms, told the Constitutional Assembly when it last met on January 11, that the process would only go ahead if it could muster the support of a two-thirds majority in Parliament.

The Steering Committee failed to produce a final report due to disagreements of political parties, but it produced an interim report and a series of support documents including an Expert Panel report. The expert panel report contained several draft constitutional proposals. Parliament passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in April 2015 with two-thirds majority, and the process to bring in comprehensive constitutional reforms started in 2016 after the Parliamentary Elections.

However, the process was stalled due to lack of consensus and political will. It also subjected to severe criticism of the Joint Opposition from the beginning. Recently, President Maithripala Sirisena had been vocal on the weaknesses of the 19th Amendment also noting that it was a “curse” on the country.

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