Constitution and Government

  • A. Jeyaratnam Wilson


The constitution which came into effect on 4 February 1948 when Sri Lanka became an independent sovereign state was no more than the Soulbury constitution of 1946 with certain consequential changes. The latter in turn was, with a number of not unimportant modifications, based on the Draft Scheme of 1944 framed by the Ceylonese board of ministers functioning under the Donoughmore constitution (Sessional Paper XIV of 1944).


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  1. 5.
    Ibid. Also Sir Charles Jeffries, Sir Oliver E. Goonetilleke (London, 1969), pp. 155–6.Google Scholar
  2. 7.
    See J. L. Fernando, Three Prime Ministers of Ceylon — An ‘Inside Story’ (Colombo, 1963), pp. 39–40.Google Scholar
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    See B. P. Peiris, ‘Memoirs’, in the Sunday Mirror, 20 February 1966. B. P. Peiris was secretary to the cabinet at this time.Google Scholar
  4. 12.
    For a critical assessment of this action see S. A. de Smith, The New Commonwealth and its Constitutions (London, 1964), pp. 84–5.Google Scholar
  5. 23.
    See Sir John Kotelawala, An Asian Prime Minister’s Story (London, 1956), p. 130.Google Scholar
  6. 64.
    For a detailed description see my ‘Public Administration in Ceylon’, in S. S. Hsueh (ed.), Public Administration in South and Southeast Asia (Brussels, 1962), pp. 199–240.Google Scholar

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© A. Jeyaratnam Wilson 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Jeyaratnam Wilson
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of New BrunswickCanada
  2. 2.Department of Economics and Political ScienceUniversity of Sri LankaSri Lanka

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