The United States yesterday expressed concern over the 18th amendment to the Constitution, saying it undermines the principles of democracy.
“The US is concerned that this constitutional amendment weakens checks and balances and thus undermines the principles of constitutional democracy,” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said.
He said the US was calling on the government of Sri Lanka to promote the principles of good governance, democracy, and independent state institutions.
“TheUS looks to the government to take measures that will strengthen democracy including appointing appropriately qualified officials to bolster independent institutions, increase transparency, enhance power-sharing and dialogue, and promote national reconciliation,” he said.