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Sri Lankan parliament debates interim report by constitutional steering committee

The Sri Lankan parliament today began its debate on the interim report by the constitutional steering committee.

It takes place amid criticism from Sinhala political groups, Buddhist clergy, military personnel and the Sri Lankan Bar Association regarding the process of formulating a new constitution, arguing that it will pave the way for federalism. 

The three day debate is expected to conclude on Wednesday, the Daily Mirror reported. 

The interim report was presented to the constitutional assembly last month by the prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe.