COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Buddhist high priests, known as “Mahanayakes”, have called upon the government to drop its plan to write a new constitution for the country or to even amend the existing one.

In a joint statement released on Tuesday, they said there was no need for a new constitution or even an amendment to the existing constitution, but if necessary only the election system may be amended.

They also opposed a parliamentary bill seeking an amendment to the constitution in the light of the International Con­vention on Enforced Disa­ppearances.

Published in Dawn, July 5th, 2017

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