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Prelate calls for referendum on new constitution

A referendum should be held on the new constitution proposed by the government, Venerable Anunayake of Asgiriya Anamaduwe Sri Dhammadassi thera told the Highways and Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella.


Ven. Sri Dhammadassi Thera said so after receiving a copy of the interim report submitted by the Steering Committee appointed by the Constitutional Assembly.


The Asgiriya Anunayake Thera told the minister that it was not sufficient for the draft constitution to be passed by the Parliament and it had to be approved by the people directly.


Minister and Leader of the House Kiriella assured that the draft constitution would be placed before a referendum.


A copy of the interim report was also presented to the prelate of Malwatte most Venerable Tibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera.


The Most Venerable Mahanayake Thera said that he was not in favour of the executive presidency under any constitution.

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