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Sri Lanka’s 21st Constitutional Amendment

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.