Sri Lanka adopts 19th Amendment

  1. The legislation envisages the dilution of many powers of Executive Presidency, which had been in force since 1978.
  2. The 225-strong Parliament cleared the Bill with 212 members voting in favour of the legislation. 10 were absent – 1 voted against – 1 abstained.

  3. Among the important features of the Bill:
    • The reduction in the terms of President & Parliament from 6 years to 5 years
    • Re-introduction of a 2-term limit that a person can have as President
    • The power of President to dissolve Parliament only after 4 1/2 years [unlike one year, as prevalent now]
    • The revival of Constitutional Council & the establishment of independent commissions.
Sri Lanka’s Constitution – Strides in the Right Direction
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