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Sri Lanka’s President back on path to end executive powers

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena is re-starting a process to end the executive president with discussion paper to be presented to the cabinet of ministers Wednesday.

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court shot down a previous attempt by the new administration to end the executive presidency though elections since 1994 were fought on a theme to end the executive presidency.

A change to the constitution that was eventually passed set up independent commissions was further whittled down by loyalists of the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

President Sirisena had told a group of dual citizens who were handed their papers at his official residence Tuesday that discussion papers on ending the executive presidency as well as electoral reforms would be presented to the cabinet Wednesday.

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has earlier said that an entirely new constitution would be enacted.

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