ECONOMYNEXT – A day after Sri Lanka’s main opposition party presented a draft 21st constitutional amendment bill, 40 government MPs who now function independently in parliament amid a worsening political crisis on Friday (22) presented to the Speaker their own proposals for a 21st amendment.
Presented as a private member’s bill by MP Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe on behalf of the independent group of MPs, the proposals call for, among other things, a constitutional council chaired by the speaker of parliament and comprising the prime minister, the leader of the opposition and others.
The main opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB)’s proposals had included a call for the abolition of the current executive presidential system.
Friday’s proposal by the independent MPs were made by lawmakers representing the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), and 10 other parties that make up the SLPP-led coalition.
The proposals in their entirety are as follows:
21st Amendment to the Constitution
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST
REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA.
BE it enacted by the Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka as follows;