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Sri Lanka Cabinet Approves Constitutional Reform to Limit President Powers

  • The amendment is aimed at granting more power to parliament
  • Nation’s historic economic crisis prompted political chaos
Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Photographer: Andy Buchanan/Pool/Getty Images

Sri Lanka’s cabinet has approved constitutional reforms aimed at clipping the powers of the presidency amid months of protests demanding the ouster of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for dragging the nation’s economy into an unprecedented crisis.

The endorsement is a step in what could be a protracted process to amend the sections of the constitution that gave sweeping powers to Rajapaksa’s office. The amendment will be sent to the legal draftsman and the attorney general for observations about its compatibility with the constitution, cabinet spokesman Bandula Gunawardena told reporters in Colombo Tuesday.