Sep 21, 2017

'Prominence to Buddhism through the new Constitution’ - PM

The new Constitution to be brought in by the government ensures pride of place to Buddhism and is based on the principles of Buddhism, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

He said this in a special statement in parliament pertaining to the new Constitution today (21).

A meeting of the Constitutional Assembly was held this morning in the Chamber of Parliament under the chairmanship of the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe presented the interim report of the Constitutional Steering Committee to the Constitutional Assembly.

The Constitutional Steering Committee comprises 21 members. The Prime Minister said future decisions with regard to the report was the responsibility of the main parties.

The Prime Minister further said the TNA had notified that  they would support it if the main parties are agreeable.

The Prime Minister pointed out that he intends to create country wide positive dialogue in relation to the report.

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Sri Lanka should remain an undivided country...

Subsequently expressing his views the Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan said, “Sri Lanka would perpetually be a united undivided and indivisible country in keeping with the basic and Supreme Law of the country, and on the basis of the free will and consent of all its people.”

He said he hoped this new constitution would provide solutions to the issues affecting the Tamils of this country.  

Meanwhile, Nimal Siripala de Silva expressed his views on behalf of the SLFP, Anura Kumara Dissanayake on behalf of the TNA and MP Dinesh Gunawardena expressed his views on behalf of the Joint Opposition.

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