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Supreme Court backs government's expropriation bill

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has backed the government's contentious expropriation bill.

The court ruled that the controversial legislation, which would allow the government to acquire enterprises and assets deemed to be underperforming is consistent with the country's constitution. 

Parliament was informed of the court ruling on Tuesday.

Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody said,

"The Supreme Court has informed its decision that, subject to the drafting of errors, the bill has not been found inconsistent with the constitution,"

Weerakkody did not elaborate on the 'errors' identified.

The bill is expected to be passed on Wednesday in parliament.

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