19A to be re-enacted as 21A

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The party leaders agreed that re-enactment of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in the form of the 21st Amendment would be the first step and abolition of Executive Presidency would be the next, Prime Minister’s Media Division announced on Friday (27).

The party leaders will further discuss whether the President can retain defence portfolio.

Party leaders met with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to discuss the draft of the 21st Amendment on Friday (27).

The purpose of the meeting was to allow party leaders to present their observations regarding the draft amendment.

A general consensus was reached that the 21st Amendment to the Constitution has to be passed as soon as possible.

Following the discussions it was decided that due to the TNA’s absence at Friday’s meeting, a final meeting on 3 June with the TNA’s attendance will be held to finalise the draft.

If any parties wished to seek further clarification they could do so from the Minister of Justice, the PM informed party leaders.