Sri Lanka to Draft a New Constitution
Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-II – International Relations
- Sri Lanka will draft a new Constitution and abolish the 19th Amendment.
- The Amendment curtailed the powers of the President and strengthened the role of Parliament.
- Sri Lanka People’s Party (SLPP) has won a landslide victory in the recently held parliamentary elections (August 2020).
Important value additions
- It was passed in 2015.
- It sought to clip the President’s executive powers.
- It also strengthened independence of key pillars such as the judiciary, public service and election.
- nsIt brought back the two-term limit on Presidency.
- It was hailed by many, including members of civil society, as a progressive legislation.
- Sri Lanka’s constitution has been changed 19 times from 1978, creating a lot of uncertainties and confusion