Apr 12, 2017

No SLFP proposals, constitutional process to be expedited Featured

The SLFP will not submit any proposals to the steering committee of the constitutional assembly that formulates a report on a new constitution, says Nimal Siripala de Silva.

Representing the SLFP, de Silva attended the committee’s meeting on April 05 and informed it about the party’s decision, ‘Ravaya’ reports.

Accordingly, the committee will now draft its report by incorporating the views and proposals it has received.

Meanwhile, JVPs’ Bimal Ratnayake asked the committee as to whether there was any truth in a newspaper report that the president and the prime minister have agreed to introduce amendments without formulating a new constitution.

PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, who chairs the committee, replied that he has not agreed not to go for a referendum on the matter.

The committee agreed to take forward a dialogue with the intention of formulating a new constitution and to decide if its report debated by parliament would be the basis in that regard.

A committee member said the process would be expedited now, as the only hurdle in the way, that of the SLFP proposals, was there no more.