Motion to make parliament a constitutional assembly to be presented

Motion to make parliament a constitutional assembly to be presented

Motion to make parliament a constitutional assembly to be presented

Written by Staff Writer

09 Jan, 2016 | 8:00 am

A motion will be presented in the Legislature to make Parliament a Constitutional Assembly, on Saturday, January 9.

Speaking to News 1st, General Secretary of Parliament stated that the Prime Minister will put forward the motion to Parliament.

Recently, a debate was taken up in Parliament over the establishment of the Constitutional Assembly as several MP cited that according to standing order, this move is impossible. He added that the motion can be passed through a Parliamentary Working Committee, as reasons and the name will be decided later on.

Discussions continued over the issues surrounding the motion.

Constitutional scholars have pointed out that the parliamentary system could be further broadened and strengthened, through the conversion of the House into a Constitutional Assembly. The Constitutional Assembly will be charged with the task of drafting a new constitution for Sri Lanka.

The Speaker of the current Parliament will be the Chair of the Constitutional Assembly along with the assistance of seven deputy chairs.

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