Ceylon Chamber to discuss President’s powers post 19A

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will hold an informative discussion on the constitutional powers of the President post the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

The event will take place on 26 July 2019 at the Auditorium of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce commencing at 3.00 p.m.

The eminent speakers include Mr. K. Kanag Isvaran, Presidents Counsel and Attorney at Law, Dr. Nihal Jayawcikrema, Attorney at Law and Mr. Javid Yusuf, Attorney at Law. The discussion will be moderated by Mrs. Dhara Wijayatilake, Attorney at Law, Secretary General & CEO of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

The current President came into power on an election promise that the Executive Presidency would be abolished. On April 28th 2015, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution (19A) was enacted with several amendments being introduced to the original Bill at the Committee stage in Parliament.

The discussion will focus on the following issues.  What is the impact of the 19A on the powers of a future President of Sri Lanka? Was there in fact a dilution of the powers of the President and an enhancement of the powers of the Prime Minister and other Institutions? Did the 19A place two drivers to navigate the Government “bus”? What would be a good model that will ensure that a future team of two at the apex in Government, whether from a single Party or a coalition will not become estranged?

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