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Sunday, 29 July 2018 - 14:13
Party leaders to meet to finalize a date to debate 20th amendment
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The date on which the gazetted 20th constitutional amendment will be debated in parliament is to be decided at the upcoming party leaders’ meeting.
 
Parliamentary sources noted that the dates of the debate as well as additional amendments will be discussed at the meeting.
 
Meanwhile, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna said that it soon expects to commence discussions with party leaders in order to obtain their support for the 20thconstitutional amendment.
 
The 20th amendment brought forward by the JVP in order to abolish the executive presidency and it was gazetted on the 9th of July.
 
It was handed over to the Speaker and the Secretary-General of the Parliament by the JVP on 25th of May.
 
The amendment proposes the Executive President to be made a President who is accountable to the Parliament.
 
Accordingly, the head of the state, as well as the commander of the tri-forces, will be the president.
 
However, the Prime Minister will be the head of the government and the head of the Cabinet of ministers.
 
The President will not be elected through a public election and will instead be elected by the parliamentary majority.
 
The powers of appointing ministers to the Cabinet, officials for commissions as well as naming diplomats will not be vested in the President as per the 20th constitutional amendment.
 
The term of the President will be limited to 5 years and during the tenure, the President will not be able to hold leadership or membership of any political party.
 
The power of dissolving the parliament which was vested in the President through the 19th constitutional amendment will also be stripped by the 20th amendment.
 
However, to be enacted this constitutional amendment should be approved in parliament by a two-thirds majority.
 
If the 20th constitutional amendment is passed in parliament, it will come into effect after the end of the current term of the President.
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