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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 - 8:24
Update : The Alliance for the next election as a broad front: Alliance leaders meet former president today

A meeting was held between party leaders constituting the UPFA and the President last afternoon.

That was about UPFA’s future action and the amendment to the election system.  

Democratic Left Front Leader Vasudeva Nanayakkara who participated in the discussion told our news team that at the meeting discussion had been held at length with regard to the UPFA coming forward for the upcoming election as a broad front.

In addition discussion had been held with regard to having the 20th amendment to the constitution passed in parliament soon as well as the no-confidence motion due to be brought against the Prime Minister.

Democratic Left Front Leader Vasudeva Nanayakkara said further that on that occasion the President had said that the parliament would be dissolved after the passing of the 20th amendment.

Meanwhile participating at a media briefing held in Colombo yesterday UPFA general Secretary  Susil Premajayantha said that the Alliance leaders were scheduled to meet the former President as well today.

Update : Thursday, 28 May 2015 - 8:34
Final decision on 20th Amendment today

A final decision about presenting the draft 20th amendment containing the new election system to parliament is scheduled to be taken up at the cabinet meeting today.

Member of the sub-committee appointed to study about the new election system, Minister S. B. Dissanayake said that by now even minor parties too had given positive feedback.

Accordingly Minister Dissanayake said further that the 20th amendment containing the new election system was poised to be approved at today’s cabinet meeting.

Two proposals have been put forward saying that 225 or 255 MPs should be elected under the new election system.

Political parties were also given time for submitting their views with regard to proposals for inclusion in the 20th amendment.

The 20th amendment which incorporated changes taking into account the proposals put forward accordingly will be submitted to the cabinet meeting for final consensus today.

Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva says that he refutes the view spread saying that the SLFP does not show interest in the 20th amendment.

This was stated in a communiqué released.

The communiqué says that the SLFP and the opposition had honestly offered the relevant support to the amendment.

The dedication that the SLFP along with certain political parties have shown with regard to the 20th amendment should be forthcoming from the UNP, the JVP and the TNA as well.

It is imperative that the draft 20th amendment is passed at the cabinet meeting held today.

It is mentioned in the communiqué issued by Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva that the cabinet’s support is also required for it.

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