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* Main opposition drafts a new constitution for Sri Lanka
Sun, May 12, 2013, 08:36 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) has taken measures to draft a new constitution for the country to address the current issues, according to the party sources.

The party has also decided to appoint a committee to draft the constitution. Parliamentarian and former Bar association President Wijedasa Rajapaksa is slated to be appointed as the Chairman of the committee.

UNP general secretary Tissa Attanayake said the committee would meet for the first time on May 29 to start the drafting of the constitution.

He said that all ethnic communities would be consulted and views of other parties would also be taken in to account when drafting the new constitution.

The party expects to present the draft constitution at the future elections to seek a mandate to enact it, UNP sources said.

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