The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution: Content and Context

28 April 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) was pleased to publish the above volume edited by Dr Asanga Welikala, Research Fellow. The publication seeks to understand and explain the constitutional changes of the Nineteenth Amendment, through both a legal as well as more contextual political analysis.

The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution was passed in April 2015. It was the direct result of the dramatic change of government in January 2015. The Nineteenth Amendment made some far-reaching changes to the 1978 Constitution, including the most substantial limitation on presidential powers since 1978, the introduction of the Constitutional Council and the independent commissions, the reintroduction of term limits. It has fundamentally changed the semi-presidential form of government under the 1978 Constitution by re-calibrating the relationship between the Presidency and Parliament, as well as by introducing a ‘fourth pillar’ of good governance institutions.

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