Thursday, 28 May 2015 - 19:47
No-confidence motion or 20th amendment - the Prime Minister enquires from President
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has requested President Maithreepala Sirisena to choose between the no confidence motion against him and the 20th Constitutional Amendment.
The Cabinet spokesman stated today that the Premier made this request during the Cabinet meeting held yesterday.
The Prime Minister has pointed out the futility of discussing about the 20th Amendment if a no confidence motion is brought against him.
Meanwhile, President Maithreepala Sirisena has presented copies of the 20th Amendment draft bill to the members of the Cabinet meeting yesterday.
The draft bill contained 15 new proposals which include increasing the number of parliament seats up to 255, offering two ballot papers to each voter, appointing a commission to demarcate boundaries and increasing the female representation in parliament.
During the media conference to inform the Cabinet decisions held yesterday, the Cabinet spokesman stated that the cabinet has agreed to take a final decision over the 20th Amendment after the matter is further discussed by the president, the prime minister and the representatives of the minority parties.
At the same time, the Cabinet agreed to totally ban the import and use of glyphosate, a weedicide which causes kidney diseases.
In addition, the President has informed Finance Minister to take action to destroy the stock of glyphosate currently being withheld at the Customs.
The Cabinet has also approved to set up a national Kidney fund.