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Sri Lanka parliament likely to pass gazetted 20th amendment restoring strengthened executive presidency

Predictions

  • Parliament likely to pass gazetted 20th amendment, restoring strengthened executive presidency and increasing Rajapaksas’ political influence
  • Strengthening of president’s role will ease passage of legislation and reduce potential for disruptive political infighting
  • Claims amendment reverses democratic changes and could lead to ethnic majoritarian rule will pose reputational concerns for foreign investors

Event

The government gazetted on 2 September a draft 20th constitutional amendment (20A) which will appear before parliament in the coming weeks.

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