Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa proposes constitutional change amid economic crisis
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has proposed amending the Constitution to meet the aspirations of the people by incorporating positive aspects of the executive, legislative and judiciary, media reported on Tuesday, as the country faced its worst economic crisis. for decades, leading to anti-government protests.
Mr. Rajapaksa said he pays close attention to demands from various walks of life to create a government accountable to the people.
Based on these requests, he hopes to present to Cabinet a new constitutional amendment proposal incorporating the positive aspects of the executive, legislative and judiciary, the Colombo Page reported.
“I hope that the amended Constitution will be able to realize the aspirations of the people,” the prime minister said in a statement on Monday.
“The Prime Minister should propose to the Cabinet a constitutional amendment which would include the executive, the judiciary and the legislature,” said a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.
Sri Lanka has been grappling with economic turmoil not seen since gaining independence from Britain in 1948. The crisis is caused in part by a lack of foreign currency, which means the country cannot afford to pay the imports of staple foods and fuel, resulting in an acute crisis. shortages and very high prices.
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