Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is also the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Constitution Assembly, today presented the report prepared by the Experts Panel of the Steering Committee.
The report is based on the interim report, six sub-committee reports and the representations made by political parties on drafting a new Constitution.
"It is time for the Constitution Assembly to decide on the future course of action with regard to compiling a new constitution because the Steering Committee has completed its work," the Prime Minister said. “The assembly can now decide on the future course of action as the Steering Committee has finished its work."
He said they could select the points which all parties could agree upon and work on them and then prepare a draft after arriving at a consensus.
The Prime Minister ruled out the merger of the North and the East and the division of the country while highlighting Section 9 which ensured the foremost place to Buddhism.
Referring to a matter raised by Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa that the members of the assembly needed more time to study the reports presented yesterday, the Prime Minister said that could be debated on another date.
He said those who claimed that the country would be divided, the North and East will be merged and the foremost place assigned to Buddhism were going to be disappointed because none of these would be done.(Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)
Gamma Friday, 11 January 2019 11:01
Did optIng the permission from .TV
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Unchikun Friday, 11 January 2019 11:16
Oh! The experts report on new constitution. Did you consult the constitutional experts at the "Peoples Channels". Specially the real joker expert who wears suspensor who thinks he is an expert on bonds and constitution,
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Claude Friday, 11 January 2019 17:07
The joker " expert" is so biased in his comments that if he breathes a little harder his pants will fall down.
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BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 11 January 2019 11:38
These are activities that need to be completed fast thus giving foreign governments
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Citizen Friday, 11 January 2019 12:00
Let cheap political agendas not prevail over rational thought. Let the people first read and discuss the contents/proposals in these reports in a civilised manner and thereafter decide what's good or bad and justified and not.
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Liberal One Friday, 11 January 2019 12:21
All these "experts" are either federalists or who were openly supporting the armed separatists. Poor 27000 soldiers who gave their lives to keep this country as one.
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Jaya Friday, 11 January 2019 15:39
Don’t pave the way to make the poor on both sides suffer. Afterall we are all humans and specially with a rich Buddhist culture.
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Real Peace Friday, 11 January 2019 17:09
Please don’t miss this opportunity. If this reasonable proposal is rejected SL will be in a very bad situation internationally - there won’t be any investment and this country will be isolated.
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Gayan Friday, 11 January 2019 12:21
Expert report or Sumanthiran report.
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Indika Friday, 11 January 2019 12:34
Why so hurry to change constitution?First you should see the basic issues of people. Dont be a dancers who dance according to others.
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bimal Friday, 11 January 2019 13:11
If you can also present the report on central bank robbery pls.
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Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 11 January 2019 13:12
My problem is whether what is shown and what actually passed is same in toto. RW has proved he could manipulate and hoodwink. We general public are aware and beware.
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rennie Friday, 11 January 2019 15:45
some of the comments from bloggers are very partialto Opposition .90% of people in our country cannot understand any complex issues .just barking like dogs for the sake of barking.educated doesnt means intelligent many educated fools are just making comments .
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Lokka Friday, 11 January 2019 16:33
These so-called 'experts' are traitors. I will prove it in time. The interim report represents only the suggestions of these traitors and not of the general public.
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