Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Proposes to Present 21st Amendment to the Constitution Bill to Parliament that would Repeal Controversial 20th Constitutional Amendment and Re-introduce Salient Provisions of the 19th Constitutional Amendment Brought in by the “Yahapalanaya” Govt

The Government has agreed to repeal the 20th Amendment to the Constitution and reintroduce the 19th Amendment as the 21st Amendment, according to Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) Leader and Samagi Jana Balawegeya (SJB) Opposition MP Mano Ganesan, while the Prime Minister’s Media Division has announced that Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa would introduce a constitutional amendment to the Cabinet of Ministers.

“The Government has agreed to repeal the 20th Amendment to the Constitution and bring back clauses of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution as the 21st Amendment to the Constitution. Minister of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government and Leader of the House Dinesh Gunawardena informed the Party Leaders about this today at the special meeting convened by Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena,” Ganesan stated yesterday (18) on his official Twitter account.

In a statement issued to the media yesterday, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Media Division said that the Premier hopes to introduce a constitutional amendment to the Cabinet of Ministers. This amendment will affect the Executive, the Legislature, and Judiciary of the country, it further said.

The statement further said that Prime Minister Rajapaksa aspires that the public’s hopes will be achieved by this constitutional amendment. This decision was taken following the Premier’s consideration of the different requests put forth by different parties hoping for a more responsible Government.

Sri Lanka is currently engulfed in a serious political crisis as a continuous people’s struggle is ongoing, calling for the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Despite these demands, a new Cabinet was appointed yesterday.

Meanwhile, SJB National Organiser MP Tissa Attanayake said yesterday that the SJB calls for the abolition of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution and the introduction of an improved 19th Amendment to the Constitution, and the formation of a Parliamentary committee to draft the Bill for the abolition of the Executive Presidency as the first two steps that need to be taken this week in Parliament, ahead of any consideration of a potential interim Government-based rule.

Courtesy:The Morning