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Wimal meets President, discusses interim report on Constitution

National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa met President Maithripala Sirisena today and discussed the interim report of the steering committee on the new Constitution.

Weerawansa had urged the President to ensure cabinet does not approve the interim report of the new Constitution.

He alleged that the interim report will lead to the division of the country.

The Parliamentarian also insisted that all political parties must be consulted before any final decision is taken on the new Constitution.

The Interim Report of the steering committee on the new Constitution was submitted to the Constitutional Assembly last month.

The Constitutional Assembly established by Parliamentary Resolution of 09th March 2016 unanimously appointed a Steering Committee at its first sitting on 05th April 2016.

The Steering Committee identified 12 main subject areas and assigned six of those subjects to Sub-Committees appointed by the Constitutional Assembly on 05th May 2016.

The Reports of the said six Sub Committees and another report by an ad-hoc Committee appointed by the Steering Committee were tabled before the Constitutional Assembly on 19th November and 10th December 2016 respectively.

The Interim Report of the Steering Committee deals with the remaining six subjects that were not assigned to any Sub-Committee and contains principles and formulations that reflect the deliberations of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly that met 73 times between April 2016 and September 2017.

Included in the Interim Report are observations and comments by Members of the Steering Committee on the principles and formulations contained in the Report. (Colombo Gazette)

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