Friday, 15 May 2015 - 13:08
Speaker signs blueprint of 19th A
The Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa has signed in to the respective documents validating the 19th Amendment that curtailing plenty of executive powers earlier vested with the President.
Parliament Secretary General Dhammika Dasanayake said Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa put his signature to the legal document this morning.
The 19th Amendment was passed in parliament with two third majority on April 28th.
The debate on the 19th Amendment was held in parliament on April 27th and 28th.
Later during the vote taking, 215 members of the house voted for the Bill while UPFA MP Sarath Weerasekera voted against it.
Frontline Socialist Party MP Ajith Kumara abstained from voting while another 7 MPs were absent at the time of the vote taking for the 19th Constitutional Amendment Bill.
As the 19th Amendment is enacted, the term of the executive president is limited to 5 years and his impunity would be lost.
At the same time, the independent commissions which were nullified by the 18th Amendment would return to force under the 19th Amendment.