Local News Update: According to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka should change the constitution and take part in proportional representation elections to give stronger powers to a stable government to implement its program.
He said the constitution of Sri Lanka was amended 19 times. “The constitution contains a lot of contradictions and disputes,” said President Rajapaksa.
“We need to change the constitution to protect the country’s sovereignty, independence, and stability,” he said, adding that the proportional representation system in Sri Lanka should also be changed to reflect people’s direct representation.
“A parliament that is unable to carry out a program and its hostage to extremist elements is not good for a country,” said Rajapaksa.
“A strong government, a strong legislature that represents people’s autonomy, and an independent judiciary should be brought about by a constitutional change.” President J. R. Jayewardene, who had a 4/5 majority, denying opposition leadership to a minority party, introduced Sri Lanka’s current constitution.
While Jayewardene opened an economy that was shut down after the failure of the Bretton Woods regime, he failed to reform the central bank, leading to steep currency falls and inflation.
He also changed the constitution in order to benefit his government and enhance its powers, contrary to the fundamental principle that constitutions would limit the state in order to increase people’s freedoms and sovereignty.
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