Sunday, 19 April 2015 - 19:55
20th amendment to be presented before dissolving parliament
Party leaders have agreed today to present the draft bill of the 19th amendment in parliament excluding the new changes, while including only the changes recommended by the Supreme Court.
Chief Opposition Whip W.D.J. Seneviratne told our news team that this decision was taken during a special party leaders’ meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat this morning.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also attended this meeting which was held under the patronage of the President.
It was also decided that the draft bill of the 19th amendment which was previously scheduled to be presented tomorrow in parliament, would be taken for a debate on the 21st and 22nd of this month.
In addition, it was decided to present the amendments to the electoral system later in parliament.
Accordingly, former Minister Wasudewa Nanayakkara stated that the 20th amendment including these changes will be presented in parliament prior to dissolving the parliament.
Meanwhile, JVP stated that they will support the 19th constitutional amendment draft bill.
The party’s General Secretary Tilvin Silva stated this while speaking during a media briefing convened in Colombo today.
Purawasi Bala organization too convened a media briefing in Colombo today, regarding the 19th amendment.
Expressing views regarding the matter, the joint convenor Joseph Starlin stated that it’s ironical that certain factions who advocated for abolishing Executive Presidency are now showing hesitation.