The Cabinet has set up an experts’ committee to draft Sri Lanka’s new Constitution, the 20th Amendment that would reverse the preceding 19th Amendment, a 2015 legislation that clipped certain executive powers of the President.
The move follows the ruling Rajapaksa brothers’ poll pledge to abolish the 19th Amendment, introduced by the former government. After a securing a comfortable two-thirds majority in the August general elections, the government took up the promise swiftly.
The government’s amendments to the Constitution will be carried out in two-steps. While the 20th Amendment would “correct anomalies” in the current Constitution, a completely new Constitution would replace it soon after.
India has proposed development of voluntary ‘G-20 Principles on Coordinated Cross-Border Movement of People’ during a virtual meet hosted by Saudi Arabia.
The principles consists of three elements: a) Standardisation of testing procedures and universal acceptability of test results; b) Standardisation of ‘Quarantine procedures’; c) Standardisation of ‘movement and transit’ protocols.
The virtual meeting was convened in the backdrop of the pandemic. The discussions centred on strengthening international cooperation across borders in wake of Covid-19.