Government wants consensus on Constitutional Assembly

Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith P PereraThe Government says it wants consensus on the proposed Constitutional Assembly and it is for this reason that it is allowing the proposal to be debated in Parliament.

Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith P Perera said that the Government could have used its 2/3rd majority to have the Resolution on proposal passed in Parliament.

However he says the Government decided against that move and instead is seeking the support of all political parties in Parliament for the Constitutional Assembly.

“We want to reach a consensus on the matter. The Government is committed to unite the country and not divide it,” he said.

The Deputy Minister invited all political parties to share their views on the proposal and reach a consensus for a new Constitution.

Speaking earlier, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) asked as to why the vote on the Resolution is being delayed.

JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that his party is ready for the vote at anytime and the delay to take the vote gives the impression that there is a division in the Government on the proposal.

Tamil National Alliance leader and opposition leader R. Sampanthan urged all political parties to back the process to create a new Constitution.

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party said that it supports the Resolution and added that several amendments proposed to the Resolution by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party have been accepted. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. The constitution REFORMS should give UTMOST consideration to incorporate/include provisions to make it law in the NEW CONSTITUTION to be enacted, that the National Peace Council and similar NGOS’s like the CPA, Transparency International, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE), Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV), People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) should declare the millions of dollars they have received up to now and account for it. Powers should also be included in the news constitution to audit these institutions who are even suspected to hold funds in foreign banks for use of unscrupulous political activities in Sri Lanka.
    Noor Nizam. Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher and Convener – “THE MUSLIM VOICE”.

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