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* Sri Lanka ruling alliance to introduce a new draft constitution at presidential election
Sun, Aug 24, 2014, 08:20 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is getting ready to introduce a draft constitution for public discussion at the upcoming presidential election.

According to party sources, the alliance will seek a mandate for the constitutional reform and discussions are also underway regarding the powers of the executive presidency.

Ruling coalition party National Freedom Party recently set forth 12 conditions to continue support to the government and one of the conditions is introducing a new constitution.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa promised to abolish the executive presidency at his first election.

Opposition has also proposed a constitutional amendment with abolition of executive presidency and discussions are underway to field a common candidate to hold the presidency until the new constitution is enacted.

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