Monday, 22 June 2015 - 12:50
20th Amendment to be debated during parliament adjourning tomorrow and day after
The political party leaders’ meeting held today has decided to hold an adjournment debate over the 20th Amendment when parliament meets tomorrow and day after tomorrow.
However, Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva and Chief Opposition Whip John Seneviratne have objected the proposal brought by the UNP during the party leaders’ meeting.
However, leader of the house and minister Lakshman Kiriella said that deputy speaker Chandima Weerakkody decided to hold the debate on the approval of majority political parties.
Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva explained the reasons for them to object the adjourning debate, during a media conference held at his office today.
At the same time, deputy foreign minister Ajith P Perera also explained the reasons to hold an adjournment debate, during a media conference held at his ministry today.
Update: Monday, 22 June 2015 - 19:04
Political party leaders meeting convened to discuss 20th amendment
A special political party leaders’ meeting is currently underway at the parliament complex under the patronage of speaker Chamal Rajapaksa.
Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody told our news team that the adjourning debate over the 20th Amendment to be held tomorrow is being discussed in the current meeting.
The 20th Amendment to introduce the new electoral system has already been gazatted, and the new amendment has proposed to increase the number of parliament seats to 237.
However, minority parties demand 255 seats, and SLMC proposed to provide two voting cards to each voter in general elections.
Following these different opinions, a crisis situation erupted in passing the 20th amendment.
JVP, SLMC and TNA met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday to discuss with regard to this crisis.
Leader of Tamil Progressive Alliance Mano Ganeshan told our news team quoting the Premier that he promised them to defeat the new amendment if it seems to be harmful to the minority communities.