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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 - 8:26
Government postpones debate on Enforced Disappearances Bill
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The government has decided to refrain from holding the debate on the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances Bill.

The debate was scheduled to be held on Thursday.

It has been reported that the ruling party arrived at this decision following lengthy discussions on this bill.

The Chief Government Whip, Minister Gayantha Karunathilake said still no decision has been taken on a new date .

Meanwhile, the government has directed its concerns on presenting a new bill to replace the 20th amendment to the constitution.

The amendment proposes to hold the Provincial Council elections on the same day.

Still few Provincial Councils are to ratify the resolution.

Therefore, the government is planning to present a new bill with amendments.

A discussion regarding the matter is scheduled for today (19) at the party leaders’ meeting.

The government had initially scheduled to debate and vote on the 20th amendment to the constitution in parliament tomorrow.

However, the view of the Supreme Court on the respective bill will be announced by the speaker today.

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