The Government has decided to call for a referendum with the support of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party to pass a new Constitution once the draft is completed.
Minister of Higher Education and Highways and Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella, responding to a question raised by Joint Opposition lawmaker Wimal Weerawansa, said: â€œGovernment has cleared its position. A new Constitution will be brought in and a referendum will be held. No efforts will be taken to move a Constitution behind closed doors.â€
According to Minister Kiriella, former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the current Constitution and the 13th Amendment were inadequate and to opt for a 13 plus. â€œWe still receive proposals from certain political parties. The new Constitution will be made within the provisions of the 13th Amendment of the present Constitution,â€ he added.
However, MP Weerawansa said that the proposed Constitution includes a federal system catering to the needs of separatist forces. (AH)