Discussions on 21A begin today


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced yesterday (15) that discussions on repealing the 20th Amendment and introducing the 21st Amendment will begin today (16) with relevant stakeholders, including political party leaders.

Premier Wickremesinghe added that steps have been taken to draft the proposed constitutional amendments and present it to the Cabinet as soon as possible.

The newly appointed Premier stated that he met with representatives of the World Bank (WB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and they agreed to provide financial assistance to resolve issues that have arisen in the country’s health and food sectors, as well as assistance to resolve the fertiliser crisis that has erupted today.

Wickremesinghe went on to say that the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank are ready to help rebuild the country’s collapsed economy.

“The main issue confronting the country today is a power crisis. There are no dollar reserves in local banks to purchase fuel for next week, so we must find alternative solutions. This country’s economic situation has been thoroughly examined,” Premier Wickremesinghe said, adding “I will issue a statement in this connection today.”

By Naalir Jamaldeen