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Sri Lanka should be a United Republic comprising the Centre and of the Regions; Presidency should be ceremonial – TNA Consitutional proposals

Image: TNA discussed its Constitutional reform proposals with the visiting Indian minister for External affairs Dr. Subramaniam Jaishankar this morning at India House, informed sources say.  

“Sri Lanka (Ceylon) shall be recognised as a free, sovereign, independent and united
Republic comprising the institutions of the Centre and of the Regions, which shall
exercise powers of governance as laid down in the Constitution.
One of the Regions shall be for the territory predominantly occupied by the Tamil speaking peoples in the North-East” states the  constitutional proposal submitted by the TNA, to the Experts Committee to draft a New Constitution.

It further states that there should be only a ceremonial President:

“The Constitution shall provide for a government with a ceremonial President who is
accountable to Parliament, and who acts on the advice of the Prime Minister. The
Prime Minister shall be the head of the cabinet of ministers.

The cabinet of ministers, the state ministers, and the deputy ministers, shall be
appointed by the President on the advice of the Prime Minister from amongst members
of Parliament. Assignment of subjects and functions shall be within the powers of the
Prime Minister, and these powers may be exercised by the Prime Minister at any time. ”

Read the full proposals as a PDF:TNA Constitution Proposal 28 Dec 2020_English

 

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