Sri Lanka’s new Minister of Justice Ali Sabry has stated that the preliminary draft for the 20th Amendment to the Constitution is being prepared and hopes to present the 20th Amendment to the Cabinet for discussion first.
“Clauses in the 19th Amendment that are detrimental to the country will be abolished and amended. We hope to introduce the 20th Amendment, which will be inclusive of all communities’, he said.
Government sources have stated that the 20th Amendment to the Constitution is expected to be tabled in Parliament by mid-September, after removing the unfavourable clauses in the 17th and 18th Amendments.
It has been reported that the Government has paid close attention to the issue of limiting the term of office of a President to a maximum of two terms, limiting the duration of office to five years, and maintaining the quality of Independent Commissions at the highest level.
According to internal Government sources, the 20th Amendment to the Constitution will be introduced in this manner for a short period of time until a full constitution will be passed by a two-thirds majority in Parliament according to the will of the people.