Sri Lanka’s parliament has voted to curb the powers of the president and restore a two-term limit for incumbents. Former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, who suffered a shock defeat in elections in January, had expanded his powers. BBC have more report:
The amendment had been promised by his successor, Maithripala Sirisena. Deputies also voted to remove the president’s power to dissolve parliament until it has completed four-and-a-half years of its five-year term.
Before, the president had the power to sack parliament after only one year. Mr Rajapaksa, whose brother Basil served as a minister for economic development, spent a decade in power. He scrapped two-term limits for the president after he was re-elected in 2010, allowing him to stand a third time.
He also granted himself greater powers over the police, civil service and judiciary allowing him to appoint all the top judges. President Sirisena was elected on a pledge to fight corruption.