Parliament on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution to appoint a Constitutional Assembly to draft a new Constitution for Sri Lanka.
A statement issued from Parliament said that the Constitutional Assembly shall consist of all Members of Parliament, for the purpose of deliberating, and seeking the views and advice of the People, on a new Constitution for Sri Lanka, and preparing a draft of a Constitution Bill for the consideration of Parliament in the exercise of its powers under Article 75 of the present Constitution.
The the post of Chairman of the Constitutional Assembly will be held by the Speaker of Parliament, while seven others will be Deputy Chairmen.
Even though the resolution was to be passed in early January, several UPFA and SLFP Parliamentarians had requested for the incorporation of certain amendments to the draft, which led to the delay in the passing of the resolution. However, following a series of discussions and subsequent to the necessary changes made to the document, the resolution received unanimous support from all members in Parliament.