Sri Lanka steps up security ahead of three-way Presidential election: Opposition leader Premadasa withdraws
Three candidates were nominated Tuesday to replace former Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled the country and resigned last week over the island's worsening economic crisis.
The 21st Amendment is expected to annul the 20A to the Constitution, which gives unfettered powers to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa after abolishing the 19th Amendment that will strengthen Parliament.
Last week, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's office said the new premier was expected to be given the additional responsibility of managing the country's finances to pull it out of bankruptcy.
In an interview with the BBC Sinhala Service, the Prime Minister said the 'Gota Go Gama' protest should be continued to bring a change in the political system in the country.
Most of the opposition parties in Sri Lanka announced that they would not be joining the interim government led by Wickremesinghe.
In the last election, Wickremesinghe's UNP managed to win just one parliamentary seat, leaving him its sole representative in Parliament.