Local News from Sri Lanka: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the majority of the parties that shared their views on the constitutional reforms have already decided on the devolution of power within a unitary Sri Lanka. The aim should be to transfer power without dividing the country, the Prime Minister asserted.
Wickremesinghe pointed out that the word “unitary” should be interpreted as “one country.” The Prime Minister, while attending a discussion in Jaffna, stated that the power to make the final decision on constitutional reforms rests with the parliament and the people. Thus, the constitutional reform process should be carried out with the people’s consent, he said.
When asked if the constitutional reforms will be carried out even after the presidential election was won, Wickremesinghe replied that the presidential election had to be won and a majority government had to be formed at the next parliamentary election to advance Sri Lanka as a developed country not only through constitutional reforms but also through economic and social reforms.