Constitution of Sri Lanka

Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
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Page one of the 1978 Constitution
Ratified 31 August 1978
Date effective 7 September 1978; 39 years ago (1978-09-07)
Author(s) 8th Parliament of Sri Lanka
Purpose To replace the Sri Lankan Constitution of 1972
Coat of arms of Sri Lanka, showing a lion holding a sword in its right forepaw surrounded by a ring made from blue lotus petals which is placed on top of a grain vase sprouting rice grains to encircle it. A Dharmacakra is on the top while a sun and moon are at the bottom on each side of the vase.
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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 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.


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