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Sri Lanka PM Invites Protesting Youth to Join Governance

Police use water canons to disperse demonstrating students in Colombo, on May 29.

Police use water canons to disperse demonstrating students in Colombo, on May 29.

Photographer: Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images

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Colombo, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka’s prime minister said Sunday that protesting youth groups will be invited to be part of governance under political reforms he is proposing to solve the country’s political crisis triggered by an economic collapse.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that under proposed constitutional reforms, powers of the president will be clipped and those of Parliament strengthened. In a televised statement to the nation, he said that governance will be broad-based through parliamentary committees where lawmakers, youth and experts will work together.