Thursday, 10 September 2015 - 15:59
Constitutional Council convenes; A.T. Ariyaratne, Raadhika Kumaraswami and Shibly Azeez nominated as civil representatives
The Constitutional Council convened for the first time at the parliamentary complex after the new parliament convened.
During the meeting, the names of civil members representing the Constitutional council were presented for parliamentary approval.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Opposition Leader, R. Sampanthan, as well as Ministers Wijedasa Rajapaksa, Patali Champika Ranawaka and W.D.J. Seneviratne participated in the meeting of the constitutional council, which was held under the patronage of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.
The representative of the Opposition leader has not been appointed so far, whereas Minister W.D.J Seneviratne served as the representative of the Opposition Leader in the constitutional council under the 100-day government.
Releasing a communiqué, the Speaker’s Office stated that the Speaker has reiterated during today’s meeting that, the Constitutional council should be implemented immediately and members should be appointed to the commissions promptly.
The Constitutional Council has decided to obtain nominations from the recognized political parties and professional as well as civil organizations to appoint members for the commissions.
Meanwhile, Doctor A.T. Ariyaratne, Doctor Radhika Kumaraswami and President’s Counsel Shibly Azeez have been nominated as civil members of the Constitutional Council.
Two among them – namely Doctor A.T. Ariyaratne and Doctor Radhika Kumaraswami – have been nominated by the 100 day government as civil members for the then Constitutional council.
The Constitutional Council which convened today has proposed to present the names of the civil representatives for parliamentary approval to the next parliament session which will be held on 22nd of September.
In addition, the communiqué released by the Speaker’s Office further stated that the constitutional council will convene again on the 21st of September.
Meanwhile, political leaders who were elected to parliament after contesting under the UPFA ticket including Dinesh Gunawardena, Wimal Weerawansa, Chandrasiri Gajadheera and Udaya Gammanpila met the Speaker today.
Addressing the media following this meeting, NFF leader MP Wimal Weerawansa stated that they expressed their views to the Speaker over not entering an MP elected from the UPFA to the Constitutional Council.