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In the wake of his rise in popularity, the President introduced an 18 The Constitution of Sri Lanka revolves around a President invested with broad executive powers.
It has 172 articles, recognizes Buddhism as the state religion, and guarantees a broad range of fundamental rights.
The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka sits on an island covering approximately 65,630 kilometres in the Indian Ocean.Over the past 40 years, the Constitution has been amended several times.The 17 amendment, passed in 2001, was meant to ensure more transparency with the creation of a constitutional council with representation from the executive and legislative branches, the government, the political parties, and the public.Over the next 40 years, the British attempted to give more authority and independence to the island in the hopes of transferring it to dominion status within the British Empire.
On 4 February 1948, the country declared its independence from Britain, but remained a commonwealth of the Empire.The British attempted to develop a representative government on the island through an 1833 constitution that created a legislative council.