Facebook, twitter to shape Sri Lanka new constitution

ECONIMYNEXT – Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe urged young people to use Facebook, Twitter and other social media website to express their views on a new constitution aimed at ending ethnic conflict in the island.

Making a special statement at his official residence Temple Trees, Wickremesinghe appealed for the opinion of a large section of the population on drafting a new statute.

"Sri Lanka could be the first country to get views expressed on social media in drafting a new constitution," he said.
"We want to seek the view and opinions of young people. Participate in this process."

"If it is good, say it is good. If you want to say "hora" (thief), say that too."

Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter played a key role in supporting Wickremesinghe’s election in August as well as during the January 2015 presidential vote at which he supported Maithripala Sirisena.

Since coming to power, the new government has set up free wi-fi zones in key cities as well as many public places in line with an election promise.

The government has set up a committee of parliament to draft a new constitution. The process is expected to take about two years. (COLOMBO, January 17, 2016)

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