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Sinhala unitary state and Buddhism foremost in new constitution

A new Sri Lankan constitution, the focus of the Tamil National Alliance’s (TNA) efforts since 2015 will still ensure foremost place given to Buddhism, and will feature the Sinhala term for unitary state in all three languages (Sinhala, Tamil and English).

The decision to preserve the article which prioritises Buddhism was taken unanimously by the United National Party (UNP), the United National Front (UNF) and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

TNA leaders have said they are confident that a draft constitution will be presented to parliament by February 4 this year.