A draft constitutional amendment has reportedly been prepared to abolish the executive presidency and re-establish a premiership with full powers.

The legal division of the Presidential Secretariat has referred the proposal to the legal draftsman, said highly placed government sources.

As per a special interim provision contained therein, the executive president at the time of the passage of the 22nd amendment to the constitution should be appointed the prime minister.

Another proposal is the establishment of a ceremonial presidency.

For these, clause 4 and clauses 30 to 41 of the constitution that relate to the presidency will be amended.

Once approved by the legal draftsman and the attorney general, the proposed amendment will be tabled before the cabinet.

According to legal sources, this should be approved by a two-third parliamentary majority and at a referendum pursuant to a court ruling.

Therefore, a referendum is likely in the near future.

Another paper is already before the ministers for changing the parliamentary election system and the composition of parliament.


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