Sri Lanka`s ruling party will press ahead with constitutional reforms to allow President Mahinda Rajapakse to run for a third term in office, a press report said Wednesday.
Rajapakse`s party won 144 seats in the 225-member parliament at elections earlier this month, consolidating his firm grip on power after his re-election at presidential polls in January.
The privately-run Daily Mirror said the reforms would be brought in before November.
`The change is not intended to give an opportunity to President Rajapakse, but to strengthen democracy and stabilise the government,` the paper quoted an unnamed minister as saying.
The current constitution limits a president to a maximum of 12 years in office.
With the support of smaller parties and defectors, Rajapakse`s party could soon muster the six seats needed to have the two-thirds majority needed to re-write the constitution.