Sri Lanka to Draft a New Constitution

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  • August 28, 2020
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Sri Lanka to Draft a New Constitution

Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-II – International Relations

In News:

  • 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). 

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19th Amendment

  • 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

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