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Sri Lanka's Bar Association warns constitution proposals lead to federalism

Sri Lanka's Bar Association of Lawyers on Monday expressed concern that the constitutional amendments currently being proposed will allow for a federal structure, the Daily Mirror reported. 

"The proposed amendments in the Interim Report of the Constitutional Assembly had the effect of converting the Unitary character of the State to a Federal structure," the BASL was quoted by the paper as saying. 

The BASL has posed a list of questions to the government, which include "Was there a need/requirement for a new Constitution?"; "Will Sri Lanka continue to be Unitary?"; and "What powers will be devolved to the Provinces?"