Sri Lanka’s 21st Constitutional Amendment:
The government of Sri Lanka intends to introduce the 21st Constitutional Amendment Bill.
- The 21st Constitutional Amendment seeks to repeal the 20th Amendment.
Overview of the 21st Amendment:
- It seeks to reduce the Presidency to a ceremonial position, retaining the powers of the President on all three armed forces.
- However, almost all other key powers pertaining to governance, and cabinet ministers will be handed over to the Prime Minister.
- It seeks to transfer powers of making key appointments from the President to the Constitutional Council.
- The President would be required to act on the Prime Minister’s advice to determine the scope and functions of ministries and appoint ministers, deputy ministers and state ministers.