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Sri Lankan cabinet nods president's third term

English.news.cn   2010-08-30 19:45:06 FeedbackPrintRSS

COLOMBO, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's cabinet on Monday in a special session has given nod to a move which will allow the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa a third term in office.

Senior government sources said the cabinet had approved changes to the island's constitution adopted in 1978 and they will be moved in parliament next week after a determination by the Supreme Court.

The present constitution's article 31 (2) -- "No person who has been elected twice to the office of President by the people shall be qualified thereafter to be elected to such office by the people " will be the main provision that will be subject to change in the amendments envisaged, official sources said.

There will be other changes governing the structure of the Constitutional Council and President attending sessions of parliament.

The amendments required two-thirds majority in the 225-member assembly. With the support coming from opposition parties, Rajapaksa was able to garner the 150 seats he required.

Editor: Fang Yang
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