A stale Mate in Constitutional Amendments





The  president seems to be sending out a signal to the international community  that the  domestic inquiry  in to alleged human rights and international humanitarian law violations will be a task to be handled by the new government.


I t would be a hugh political risk for the current government to undertake this investigation as the Southern electreate may not be very happy with such probe.

Meanwhile  Foreign minister Samraweera has called for elections in July mid full of the previous promises of a quick start of a credible investigation.

Minister Rajitha Senaratne  said the Government need not heed the demands of the United States or other western countries and hold elections. He wanted the polls delayed.

President  Sirisena wants to be in a position to tell the international community that although there is a delay in commencing the probe in to human right violations that he is moveing in the correct direction by seting up mechanisms to protect and safeguard  human rights.


President   Sirisena has declared dissolution will be after the Constitutional Council is set up.

currently there sees to be a stalemate on the 20th constitutional amendment.

Presidient [Sirisena chaired a meeting at the Presidential Secretariat  with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the nine member-ministerial subcommittee tasked to formulate electoral reforms. Spearheading Sirisena’s proposal for a Parliament with 255 seats was Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary and Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka. In terms of this proposal, 196 seats are to be through elections on a proportional representation system on an electorate basis. The remaining 59 seats are to be on a national proportional representation system. The United National Party (UNP), on the other hand, insisted that the existing 225 seats should remain. It wants 125 seats where MPs are to be elected on the ‘First-Past-the-Post’ system while the rest are on the PR system. How ever the meeting ended inconclusive.





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