Former diplomat Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala, one of the three civil society members on the Constitutional Council , has resigned, CC Chairman Karu Jayasuriya announced on Wednesday.

He commended Dhanapala for the excellent service rendered to the CC to which he was appointed in October 2018.

Jayasuriya said steps will be taken in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution to fill this vacancy.

The other two civil society members on the CC are Javid Yusuf and N. Selvakumar.

The Speaker holds the chairmanship of the CC while the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader are ex-officio members of the 10-member Constitutional Council.