CPA Comms Officer on 21 April, 2023

Unpacking Sri Lanka’s 21st Amendment to the Constitution

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The 21st Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution has recently been enacted in response to large-scale public protests that galvanized citizen involvement in politics. This amendment aims to restore and strengthen the balance of powers between the executive, legislature, and judiciary, which had been eroded by the previous government’s actions. The previous 20th Amendment had expanded the powers of the presidency, which led to widespread concerns over authoritarianism and a push for reform.
Has the 21st Amendment effectively restored balance of powers in Sri Lanka’s government?