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The 19th Amendment to the Constitution has violated the fundamental rights of the people, SLPP Leader and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday.

Addressing a forum of academics in Kandy, he said the yahapalana government introduced the 19A mainly to violate the fundamental rights of the Rajapaksas.

"Though this was the main intention, it has also violated the rights of the people. Even amid all obstacles and to the dismay of the previous governemnt, 6.9 million of people elected Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the President thus approving his programme for the country," the Prime Minister said.

He requested the people to elect a parliament with a clear majority for the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) so that a Cabinet which supports the President's programme can be appointed.

"In this endeavour, only the educated, wise and experienced politicians as well as members from the youth community that can serve the public better should be elected to parliament," the Prime Minister said. By Lahiru Pothmulla

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  • Samson Saturday, 01 August 2020 03:50 PM

    PM says he wants only the educated, wise, experienced politicians and the youth. Reason why the best educated like Lanza, Johnston, Ranatunga, Ranaweera, Rathran, Aluthgama and others have been nominated.

    Joshua Saturday, 01 August 2020 06:42 PM

    19 A has to stay. You will not get the majority to change it.

    Chitura Saturday, 01 August 2020 07:24 PM

    How dare this man talk about people's rights

    Lord Wolfstein Saturday, 01 August 2020 08:00 PM

    Alone your existence is a violation of people's rights

    BuffaloaCitizen Saturday, 01 August 2020 08:12 PM

    Oh how sweet, if not for 19th A you would be President for life and you Sinhalese may to have become Chingalese. Now why don,t you talk about your favorite 18th A?

    Hubert Saturday, 01 August 2020 08:44 PM

    FR is some thing understood by politicians not by rogues

    Ranil Jayasingha Saturday, 01 August 2020 09:04 PM

    Hon PM, when you talk we listen. We will elect SLPP gov and send bank robbers home.

    RAM Sunday, 02 August 2020 09:42 PM

    white van has violated fundamental rights of Sri Lankan


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