SL Cabinet approves removal of 2 term executive presidency system

[TamilNet, Monday, 30 August 2010, 15:06 GMT]
Sri Lanka’s Cabinet Monday approved the draft constitutional amendments. Prime Minister D. M. Jayaretna presented the draft proposals at a special cabinet meeting held at Temple Trees. Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse presided the meeting, sources in Colombo said. The draft proposals included the removal of two term restriction allowing an incumbent president to contest any number of times and modifying the 17th Amendment with a five member constitutional council by amending of Article 31 (2), the sources said.

The government is to have forwarded the draft proposals to the Supreme Court to for its determination on its constitutionality. The government is to present the draft proposals as an urgent motion in the parliament September 6 Monday with the determination of the Supreme Court for its approval, sources said.


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