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Thursday, April 09, 2015 - 04.20 GMT

President, PM in special discussion


President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe held a special discussion last night over issues that have arisen on the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

The meeting took place after the weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday which was chaired by President Sirisena, who returned to the country on Tuesday night after an official visit to Pakistan.

The main constitutional proposals of the 19th Amendment include the transformation of the Presidential form of government to a Presidential-Parliamentary system of government and the restoration of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution.

The new reforms will result in the President losing the power to dissolve parliament after one year of its election. According, to the proposed reforms the President cannot dissolve the parliament until 4 years of elections.

The maximum term of a President to hold office has been limited to two terms. Apart from this it has also been decided to re-appoint the independent commissions.
However, the President would remain as the head of the Cabinet, and the commander in chief of the armed forces. He would also retain the power to appoint the Prime Minister and the Cabinet. It has further been decided to reach a final decision on electoral reforms on Tuesday. The Presidential immunity from being sued over matters conducted during his period of office is to also be removed under the proposed reforms.

The proposed legislation needs to get the support of all major political parties in parliament, in order to be enacted into law.





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