Sri Lanka business chamber to discuss president, PM power balance

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Chamber of Commerce said it would hold a forum to discuss the powers of the President, under a 19th amendment to the constitution.

In Sri Lanka politicians have many powers and agencies to interfere in the workings of private individuals, unlike in more market oriented countries, allowing them block economic progress, critics say.

President Sirisena had some transitional powers to hold ministries, which would end when the next president is elected.

The forum would address following issues:

Was there in fact a dilution of the powers of the President and an enhancement of the powers of the Prime Minister and other Institutions?

Did the 19A place two drivers to navigate the Government “bus”?

What would be a good model that will ensure that a future team of two at the apex in Government, whether from a single Party or a coalition will not become estranged?

Speakers for the seminar are K. Kanag Isvaran, Presidents Counsel, Nihal Jayawickrema, Attorney at Law and Javid Yusuf, Attorney at Law.

The discussion to be held on July 26 at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce auditorium will be moderated by Dhara Wijayatilake, Attorney at Law, Secretary General of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. (Colombo/July10/2019)





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