PM tells Parliament draft Constitution will be ready before end of next month


By Saman Indrajith

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday told Parliament that a draft Constitution would be ready by the end of the year.

Responding to a question raised by JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, the Prime Minister said that the draft was currently in the final stages of being prepared by a committee headed by Romesh de Silva, PC.

The Premier said that the committee had recognised the discrepancies and shortcomings of the amendments that had been introduced to the 1978 Constitution and the new constitution would ensure that every citizen would be equal before the law and none of the Sri Lankans should face any sort of discrimination.

“It has been noted by many that there are discrepancies and differences in our personal laws. There had been many requests over time that such laws should be amended. The Justice Ministry already has taken steps to amend certain laws and acts with the concurrence of the Cabinet. The committee’s job is to come up with a new draft constitution,” the Prime Minister said.

He said that the President has appointed a ‘One-country One-law presidential task force’ separately for the purpose of studying the possibility of bringing about “one law” that applies to all communities living in the country and to make suggestions and recommendations.

“It is our belief that effective results could be gained by working together of people from different fields representing all communities to reach a common consensus in a democratic manner,” the Premier said.

He said that none should harbour any doubt or fear that any community was being deprived of their rights or compelled to face injustice in the process.



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