Sri Lanka's cabinet approves constitutional amendment to limit presidential powers

By Anusha Ondaatjie, 22 June 2022
Flag of Sri Lanka (photo credit: pixabay)
Flag of Sri Lanka (photo credit: pixabay)
Sri Lanka’s cabinet has approved constitutional reforms aimed at clipping the powers of the presidency amid months of protests demanding the ouster of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa [...] The endorsement is a step in what could be a protracted process to amend the sections of the constitution that gave sweeping powers to Rajapaksa’s office. The amendment will be sent to the legal draftsman and the attorney general for observations about its compatibility with the constitution, cabinet spokesman Bandula Gunawardena told reporters [...]. The Sri Lanka Bar Association has questioned the extent to which the amendments will scale back the powers Rajapaksa gave to his office shortly after he returned to power in 2019. The latest amendment approved by cabinet [on 20 June], following discussions among lawmakers, will also need the votes of two-thirds of the members of parliament to become law.
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