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* Sri Lanka PM assures to consult all stakeholders before changing the constitution
Thu, Oct 5, 2017, 09:25 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has assured to consult every stakeholder in the country during the drafting of a new constitution and changing the current constitution.

He reminded that an interim report on draft constitution has been presented to the constituent assembly and it is not the final draft of the constitution. He added that the Interim Report contains only the views of the sub committees and not the views of the Steering Committee. The interim report will be debated in parliament, he said.

He made these comments at the 8th conference of the SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians (ASSP) coinciding with the 70th anniversary of parliamentary democracy held yesterday (4th Oct.) at Hilton Hotel.

The Premier said the report will be debated and consultations with all stakeholders will take place while bargaining by political parties will go on as a consensus is needed.

PM Wickremesinghe said that all have agreed that the country cannot be divided while there will be maximum devolution.

The Premier said the draft constitution is very much in line with the New Zealand system. He assured that nothing is finalized and parliamentarians however have to realize that time is limited. "For the first time we have seen agreement by all political parties," said the Prime Minister.


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