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The ruling coalition has reached consensus on the proposed constitutional amendment that will primarily seek to introduce a dual executive system of governance and on the re-instating of the independent commissions, political sources said yesterday.


The proposed formula will be presented in Parliament early next month to be discussed with the main opposition.


A special committee, comprising President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and representatives of other parties including the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), has worked out these constitutional proposals.


In the event that these constitutional reforms are enacted, President Sirisena will remain as the Head of State, but with reduced powers. He will retain the defence portfolio and the power to appointment provincial governors and on several other subjects including that of appointing the heads of Sri Lanka’s diplomatic missions abroad.


According to political sources, the Prime Minister will be the Head of the Cabinet thus making it a dual executive system of governance.


The appointment of members to the independent commissions will be done by a committee comprising the Speaker, the Prime Minister, the Opposition Leader, five members nominated by the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader, and the representative nominated by minor parties. In this exercise, the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader will be authorized to appoint their five nominees based on Sri Lanka’s professional and social diversity, rather than on ethnic diversity.


A similar system existed under the 17th Amendment to the Constitution. But, it was scrapped with the enactment of the 18th Amendment. (Kelum Bandara)
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  • anurs Wednesday, 28 January 2015 09:41 AM

    chandrika and ranil would know this beter

    willowsd Wednesday, 28 January 2015 05:39 PM

    What about the 18th amendment is it in or out, [residential terms ;limited two?

    sach Thursday, 29 January 2015 10:26 AM

    Do not reduce or scrap executive presidency.............just scrap 18

    sabitha Wednesday, 28 January 2015 01:42 PM

    But we promised to scrap executive presidency?

    Ganesh Wednesday, 28 January 2015 11:02 AM

    anurs you are right Ranil and Chadika wanted to do changes for the good of all the people of the country but megalomaniac , elusive Pirabaharan and some idiotic Tamils and racist Sinhalese did not let this happen.

    lkboy Wednesday, 28 January 2015 11:05 AM

    "ekak madiwata dekak" !

    JR Thursday, 29 January 2015 11:47 AM

    Insane!

    Prometheus Wednesday, 28 January 2015 11:35 AM

    Good to see progress! I am cautiously optimistic. We desperately need 18th amendment to go away.

    Desmond Jeromme Wednesday, 28 January 2015 11:36 AM

    Right thinking...for sure everyone knows about it. All the best !!!!

    Bubble Banda Wednesday, 28 January 2015 11:37 AM

    Right move will be always supported by the General Public.

    Wijebahu Wednesday, 28 January 2015 09:37 AM

    I think this is the way to go, rather than making the role of President just ceremonial.


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