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Sri Lanka parliament to meet early amid dissolution talk

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s Parliament will meet in a special session to appoint a council that will oversee the public sector under a new amendment to the island’s constitution, the state information department said.

The Constitutional Council which in turn will appoint several independent commissions to run the public service is made up of seven politicians and three members of civil society.

President Sirisena has promised to dissolve parliament soon after the Constitutional Council is appointed, even if planned electoral reforms are not made.

There has been speculation that parliament will be dissolved over the next week.

Opposition activists expect a later dissolution to benefit them as it will give more time for the United National Party to make themselves unpopular.

The Parliament was due to next meet on June 09. Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa has convened parliament on June 03.

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister, Parliamentary Speaker and the Leader of the opposition are members of the council.

Political sources indicate President Maithripala Sirisena has nominated power minister Champika Ranawaka, the United National Party Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party John Seneviratne while smaller parties are said to have nominated Tamil National Alliance Leader R Sampathan.

Radhika Coomaraswamy, A.W. Z Salam and A.T Ariyarantne are among the names mentioned as other nominees.






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