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Sri Lanka’s opposition SJB presents proposed 21st amendment to constitution

#GoHomeGota protest in front of Sri Lanka’s Presidential Secretariat

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s main opposition the Samagi Jana Balavegaya on Thursday (21) presented to the secretary general of parliament a draft 21st constitutional amendment bill with proposals including the abolition of the current executive presidential system.

According to a Twitter thread by lawyer Suren Fernando, who was a national list nominee for the SJB in 2020, the proposals are as follows:

1) Abolish current executive presidential system: Parliament to elect president

2) The cabinet of ministers will be continuously accountable and responsible to parliament; can be removed by no confidence motion

3) Reduction of maximum cabinet ministers to 25, maximum of non-cabinet and deputy ministers to 25. No increase of ministers in event of coalition government

4) Stringent provisions to prevent corrupt crossovers

5) Establish Constitutional Council and independent commissions including Audit & Procurement Commissions

6) Constitutional recognition of the National Security Council

7) Establish a State Council to obtain advice of experts/public representations on matters of public importance

8) Re-establishing constitutional democracy and protecting sovereignty of people through the above

UPDATE: SJB parliamentarian Harsha de Silva on Thursday shared a summary of the objectives and principles of the 21st amendment bill.

One of the objectives is to abolish the executive presidential system and replace it with a system that reinforces constitutional democracy founded on the separation of powers and checks and balances. A more complete list is as follows:

On April 05, SJB and opposition leader Sajith Premadasa called for the abolition of Sri Lanka’s all-powerful executive presidency. He said parliament must also be strengthened without paving the way to a similarly dictatorial premiership while ensuring adequate checks and balances.

Related:

Abolish executive presidency, Sri Lanka opposition leader says in fiery speech

(Colombo/Apr21/2022)

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  1. Balasingha says:

    Must not change the executive presidential system without changing the election system. Otherwise, all the goverbments will have to depend on minority parties giving into their demands.

  2. Sri Lankan says:

    Dual citizenship holders cannot be allowed as MPs , Minister’s, PM or President & other important positions

    All the above positions should declare their assets or lose their positions

    No cross over to other parties after elected . Other-wise , resign and go .

  3. mthm shaheed says:

    what about the rights of other communities generally termed as minority communities and the right to practice their religion without any undue duress by anyone and what punishment shall be enshrined in the constitution & absolute devolution of powers to the provinces

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Comments (3)

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  1. Balasingha says:

    Must not change the executive presidential system without changing the election system. Otherwise, all the goverbments will have to depend on minority parties giving into their demands.

  2. Sri Lankan says:

    Dual citizenship holders cannot be allowed as MPs , Minister’s, PM or President & other important positions

    All the above positions should declare their assets or lose their positions

    No cross over to other parties after elected . Other-wise , resign and go .

  3. mthm shaheed says:

    what about the rights of other communities generally termed as minority communities and the right to practice their religion without any undue duress by anyone and what punishment shall be enshrined in the constitution & absolute devolution of powers to the provinces