Basil reveals expected amendments to Constitution

National Organizer of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Basil Rajapaksa says a new constitution must be introduced for the betterment of Sri Lanka.

In an interview with a local Television channel, Rajapaksa said that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution must be abolished immediately and then a new constitution must be introduced.

The President, Prime Minister, and the SLPP are of the same stand that a new constitution, that cannot be changed at will, must be introduced to Sri Lanka, he said.

Basil Rajapaksa further highlighted two issues that arise when removing the 19th amendment.

1.The Presidential Term. Under the 19th Amendment, the presidential term is 5 years. If the 19th Amendment is abolished, the Presidential term is extended by a year and is 6 years.

2.The number of times a President can contest for the post. The 18th Amendment to the Constitution says the President can contest thrice.

Basil Rajapaksa said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has expressed displeasure in amending the Presidential term and has instructed the constitution to be drafted in a manner that does not extend his Presidential term or the Parliamentary term.

Basil Rajapksa also said that the number of times a President can contest should be limited to 2 terms as implemented by the 19th amendment.

He also said that independent Commissions should continue but should actually operate independently and not as it is now. (Newswire)

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