The president and the prime minister are in agreement that the new constitution should be drafted in such a manner that it would not be necessary to obtain a public mandate at a referendum.
Their position was made known at a meeting at the president’s office on March 27, also attended by R. Sampanthan, Rauff Hakeem, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Risath Bathiudeen and Mano Ganeshan.
The president advised the steering committee to prepare the draft in such a manner that the Supreme Court would not find a referendum a requirement.
Both PM Wickremesinghe and minister de Silva noted a referendum would not be won, to which Sampanthan and Hakeem objected, with the latter saying the SC should decide if a referendum was needed.
Minister de Silva also said the executive presidency should remain, but president Sirisena said he had told the public otherwise and that the SLFP too, would not agree to that.