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The Government intends to go in for a referendum with the consent of all parties including the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) on the new Constitution, Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella told Parliament today.

He came out with this remark when joint opposition MP Wimal Weerawansha questioned about a statement made by Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera that the government would go for a process of devolution of power.

The MP claimed the minister had made such a statement to the foreign media.

Mr. Kiriella said the government will not go for federalism while Parliament's approval would be sought for all aspects of the constitution including the devolution of power.

“Nothing would be done without the approval of the House" he added. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Burt Friday, 10 February 2017 11:46 AM

    In other words the government is creating a white elephant that is going nowhere.The only question I have is why waste money and time that could be used productively.

    Desmond Jeromme Friday, 10 February 2017 12:33 PM

    Before the Referendum, please bring down the Cost of living Sir, other-wise for sure you guys will lose.

    Bubble Banda Friday, 10 February 2017 12:34 PM

    SriLankans don't want Elections or Referendums.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 10 February 2017 12:37 PM

    Hay man, MR or JO will never win either an election or a referendum, mind it.

    Desmond Jeromme Friday, 10 February 2017 12:40 PM

    MR or his henchmen will never win any elections.

    J Palitha Friday, 10 February 2017 12:41 PM

    But 1000 times better than Ali-Baba's (MR's) regime.

    Manuel Benjamin Friday, 10 February 2017 12:42 PM

    Previous Govt. only robbed the public money in billions and millions.

    Kadupol Jothywansa Friday, 10 February 2017 12:43 PM

    Oh yes, just like Weerawansa

    Lara Friday, 10 February 2017 01:53 PM

    There is a severe food shortage, no jobs, power cuts are looming. Mean while they are trying to solve a non-existent problem.

    sathees Friday, 10 February 2017 01:57 PM

    North did so

    Ananda Thursday, 09 February 2017 10:45 PM

    Referendums are skewed in a country where the majority is over 70%

    Ranja Saturday, 11 February 2017 06:21 AM

    If you cant buy food, eat kos kola, This government is the best and home it will remain for next 20 years

    public Friday, 10 February 2017 05:45 AM

    What devolution of power? I do not vote for this.

    Citizen Friday, 10 February 2017 06:33 AM

    This govt speaks in different tongues on almost every issue

    Ajith Friday, 10 February 2017 07:51 AM

    Doing a referendum to obtain people's mandate is a good idea. The problem is to convince them about the change. It's very unlikely that majority among the Sinhalese will agree to any devolution of power. JVP, JO etc will be shouting that this is creating a separate state is Elam.

    Raz Friday, 10 February 2017 07:51 AM

    So the JO with MR has already got a vote via DM Android App

    Godaya Friday, 10 February 2017 09:24 AM

    What new constitution, this bunch is too weak to manage the day to day business of governing.


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