|Sunday, 25 April 2004|
Constitutional Reforms proposals reviewed
by Don Asoka Wijewardena
The Constitutional Reforms Advisory Committee (CRAC), which met at the Presidential Secretariat on April 23, has reviewed all aspects of the proposals for Constitutional Reforms.
M.M. Zuhair (PC), who is in the CRAC, told the Sunday Observer that the Committee completed the draft proposals put forward by the Constituent parties of the Government for consideration and it also considered the steps to be taken to ensure that the mandate given at the General Election for Constitutional Reforms should be proceeded with and implemented as early as possible.
Zuhair said the people's mandate for Constitutional Reforms could not be thwarted by any temporary setback and would be overcome to ensure that the people's mandate was fulfilled. He noted that the expectations of the people with regard to Constitutional Reforms included the need to achieve a stable government without conflict between the Legislature and the Executive.
Zuhair emphasised that the election of the Speaker from the Opposition would lead to unnecessary conflicts unless they are surmounted democratically and added that this showed the need for urgent Constitutional Reforms to ensure that the government of the day was able to concentrate on economic development without wasting time on political and constitutional conflicts.
The Constitutional Reforms Advisory Committee comprises Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, R.K.W. Gunasekera (PC), K. Balapatabendi, M.M. Zuhair (PC), Jayampathy Wickremaratne (PC), Prof. Ranjith Amarasinghe, Prof. Laksman Marasinghe, Prof. Laksiri Fernando, Nigel Hatch and Sivaji Felix. The CRAC is expected to meet again on April 29 at the Presidential Secretariat.
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