Centre for Policy Alternatives on 28 April, 2016

The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution: Content and Context

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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.

Copies of the book are available free of charge at CPA. Those wishing to obtain copies are kindly requested to contact Chandrika (Librarian) on +94 112081384-6 extension 115 or email on [email protected] or you could collect your copy from our Head Office located at No: 6/5, Layards Road, Colombo 05.

Download the book in PDF format here.