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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 - 13:28
Update: Emergency parliamentary session on 3rd of June
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An emergency parliamentary session will be convened on the 3rd of June to approve the names of the 3 members who will be appointed to the Constitutional Council from the Civil Society.

According to the19th amendment, the Constitutional council consists of 10 members, which includes 7 parliamentarians and 3 members from the civil society.

Accordingly, the Speaker, Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader will represent the Constitutional Council.

Minister of Justice Wijedasa Rajapaksa is named as the representative of the Prime Minister while Chief Organizer of the Opposition John Amaratunga is named as the representative of the Opposition Leader.

In addition, Patali Champika Ranawaka has been named as the representative of the President.

TNA leader MP R. Sambandan has been appointed as a representative of the minority parties.

However, the members who will represent the civil society have not been named officially thus far.


Update : Wednesday, 27 May 2015 - 18:56
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Parliament convenes for a special session

It has been decided to convene a special parliamentary session to approve the names of the 3 members to be appointed from the civil society to the constitutional council.

Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkodi stated that the Speaker will decide the date to convene the parliamentary session today.

Previously it was decided to hold the next parliamentary session on the 9th of June.

However, the Deputy Speaker stated that the date will be advanced after considering the matter as an urgent requirement.

According to the19th amendment, the Constitutional council consists of 10 members.

Accordingly, the Speaker, Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader will represent the Constitutional Council.

2 other members are also appointed as their representatives.

They include the Minister of Justice Wijedasa Rajapaksa as the representative of the Prime Minister as well as the Chief Organizer of the Opposition John Amaratunga as the representatives of the Opposition Leader.

TNA leader MP R. Sambandan has been appointed as a representative of the minority parties

Accordingly, while 7 parliamentarians represent the Constitutional Council, another 3 members are to be appointed from the civil society.

However, the members who will represent the civil society have not been named officially thus far.

Meanwhile, previously it was reported that former Deputy Secretary of the UN Raadhika Kumaraswami and former Auditer General S.C. Mayadunne were agreed to be appointed as representatives of the civil society.
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