Vote on proposed Constitutional Assembly postponed

srilanka_parliament-8The vote on the proposed Constitutional Assembly which was to be taken on Parliament tomorrow after a two day debate, has been postponed.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party is to meet this week to have more talks on the proposals and the cabinet will then meet next week to decide on the proposed draft of the Constitutional Assembly.

The initial draft which was presented to Parliament last month has been amended based on proposals submitted to the Government.

Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella briefed Parliament today on the amendments proposed so far after which Parliament members gave their views.

Wickremesinghe presented a resolution to Parliament last month on converting Parliament into a Constitutional Assembly.

The Constitutional Assembly will be tasked with drafting a new Constitution for the country.

While in the past a Parliament Select Committee had been tasked with proposing constitutional reforms, this time the entire Parliament will take part in the initial process. (Colombo Gazette)

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