Foreign Minister GL Peiris says the compilation of a new Constitution is the government’s next crucial task.
The Minister speaking at a media briefing at the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna headquarters this morning said the committee appointed to draft a new Constitution is expected to submit its final report in the days ahead.
Minister Peiris said the President pledged to introduce a new Constitution adding that the current Constitution was formed in 1978 and many changes have taken place in society since.
The Minister also claimed that assumptions should not be made of the compilation of the Constitution being vested with a group of experts, stating that the group comprises President’s Counsels, and professors.
Minister Peiris said the report will then be tabled in Parliament to be reviewed.
The Foreign Minister said a Constitution lasts through generations adding that for it to be a success a common consensus must be reached with all political parties and the public.
Commenting on the next three years of the government, Minister Peiris said while there is sufficient time for the next election, many opportunities persist to fulfil promises cited in the Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour policy statement of the government. Minister Peiris said the next three years must be utilised to the utmost to reap the best results