Jun 25, 2017

No referendum on a new constitution, UNP-SLFP agree

The UNP and the SLFP have agreed that no referendum should take place on a new constitution.

Therefore, the new constitution will not include any clauses that need to be endorsed at a referendum, say government sources, adding that they include the executive presidency and the supremacy of the people.

The two parties have further agreed to put off the elections for the northcentral, Sabaragamuwa and southern provincial councils.

PM gives his consent

The president and the prime minister chaired a meeting last week to discuss those issues, where the latter gave his consent to the matters at hand for the first time.

The UNP and the SLFP are to hold talks on submitting a proposal to parliament to hold elections for all provincial councils on a single day.

Prior to that, the SLFP met under the auspices of the president and decided that power devolution should not exceed the 13th amendment to the constitution.

Also discussed on the occasion were amending the executive presidency, rejection of the formation of a constitutional court, transferring certain powers of the executive to the governor, and discussing these matters with the JVP and the TNA.