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* Sri Lanka's nationalist JHU says next government would give priority to amend Constitution
Mon, Mar 29, 2010, 09:42 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's nationalist party, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) said the next government would introduce several amendments to the Constitution on a priority basis including the abolishing of the Executive Presidency, strengthening of parliamentary powers and improving the efficiency of the 17th Amendment.

JHU Theoretician and Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka told the media that the government would not look at a new Constitution but introduce amendments to the existing Constitution.

He explained that there were several areas which needed to be dealt with in relation to the 17th Amendment to the Constitution.

He also noted that the government was determined to give additional powers to the parliament on financial administration, especially to make all public institutions and public enterprises strictly and directly accountable to the parliament.

Ranawaka observed that there would be total transparency on state financial handlings and the strengthening of representative democracy through an Executive Committee system, which will also be another Constitutional amendment.

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