JO EXTENDS CONDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE CONSTITUTION

The so-called joint opposition today announced that it will extend conditional support to the Constitution proposed by the unity government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The government commenced the process to enact a new Constitution for the country last year. The Constitutional reforms process commenced with the appointment of the public representation committee. Parliament was also transformed into a Constitutional Assembly for the process of the enacting the new constitution.

At present, a Parliamentary Steering Committee headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been appointed to formulate the draft for new Constitution. Under six categories, subcommittees will deliberate subjects to be included in the new Constitution.

Meanwhile, Parliament is scheduled to debate the reports submitted by the sub committees on the 9th, 10th and 11th of January next year.

Speaking during a media briefing held in Colombo today, United People’s Freedom Alliance Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena said the joint opposition has handed 14 proposals to the subcommittees.

MP Gunawardena said the 14 proposals also include clauses to retain the unitary status of the country and to give prominence to Buddhism. The Parliamentarian stressed that the joint opposition will extend its support if the proposals were approved and accepted.

MP Dinesh Gunawardena added that the members of the joint opposition will also put forward their proposals during the debate on the subcommittee reports in January.

He said parliamentarians will forward their idea on the importance of including the proposals in a new Constitution for the country.