|Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka|
Page one of the 1978 Constitution
|Ratified||31 August 1978|
|Date effective||7 September 1978|
|Author(s)||8th Parliament of Sri Lanka|
|Purpose||To replace the Sri Lankan Constitution of 1972|
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The Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka has been the constitution of the island nation of Sri Lanka since its original promulgation by the National State Assembly on 7 September 1978. As of May 2015[update] it has been formally amended 19 times.
It is Sri Lanka's second republican constitution, replacing the Sri Lankan Constitution of 1972, and its third constitution since the country received autonomy within the British Commonwealth as the Dominion of Ceylon in 1948.