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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 922

Sri Lanka postpones much talked constitutrion reforms to 2011, except the ‘Executive PM’,

Colombo, 20 July, (Asiantribune.com):

Sri Lanka’s hopes for a dramatic constitutional reform effort began fading today as the government itself postponing comprehensive changes to Year 2011.

Instead, in the immediate future, Sri Lanka will only bring in the ‘Executive Prime Minister’ to replace the current ‘Executive Presidency’. The government also faced a sudden onslaught on the reforms front from the Marxists Party JVP which issued a challenge to ‘first show the constitutional draft’ before (any) talks.

The ‘three phased constitutional reforms’ mooted initially will not be a reality in 2010, sources close to the government have revealed. Media in Colombo also reported that there are two opinions with regard to the newly proposed ‘Executive Prime Minister’ within the ruling party circles- one, to elect the Executive PM from direct public votes and the other opinion being to 'elect the Executive PM only on the votes of Parliamentary MPs’.

Sri Lanka’s intention to jettison the current Executive Presidency and to bring in an Israeli style ‘Executive PM’ was reported in detail by Asiatribune yesterday (July 18).

Meanwhile, the government faced new opposition on the constitutional reform front as the Marxist JVP challenged the ruling party to ‘first show the constitutional draft before any negotiations on national reforms’ and warned that the JVP will not come for any talks sans the full draft. “The draft needs to be seen for an exercise of such gravity & national importance.

Even though the main opposition party UNP is ready for talks sans a draft, we are not’ said Tilvin Silva, General Secretary of the party speaking to the press.

- Asian Tribune -

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