President Maithripala Sirisena today stated that he will submit a special Cabinet paper tomorrow for a new constitution with sweeping changes where the main highlights will be the abolishing of the executive presidency and the introduction of a new electoral system.
Speaking at a public event in Colombo Sirisena stressed that he will uphold his promise to the people on doing away with the the controversial executive presidential system, which came to be with the new constitution introduced by the JR Jayewardene government in 1978.
However Presidential Secretariat sources said that the abolishment of the executive presidential system will only take place after the first term of Sirisena.
Sirisena in fact pledged during the last presidential polls that he would not contest for a second term.
President Sirisena, in his speech at the funeral of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha, assured that the government would totally abolish the Executive Presidency as promised in his election manifesto.
The new constitution according to Presidential secretariat sources will be presented to Parliament in 2016 and will be passed before September, 2017.
A new constitution requires the support of a two third majority in Parliament.