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Will preserve 19A’s progressive features: Gammanpila

First 20A, then the new Constitution

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The progressive features of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution will be preserved when abolishing it, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya Leader, Minister Udaya Gammanpila said yesterday.

He told a news briefing that the government expected to drop the clauses which were detrimental to the country.

“We asked for a mandate to abolish the 19A as a short term measure and to introduce a new Constitution as a long term measure. We will act according to the mandate we were given,” he said when asked whether the government will abolish the 19A.

Commenting on the time-frame of bringing in the 20A, Minister Gammanpila said the Justice Minister has not been given a deadline to finalise the draft but said it will happen soon.

He also said the drafting of a new Constitution is a time consuming process. "We will bring in a new Constitution definitely but it will take time," he said.

Meanwhile, the minister said SJB MP Tissa Attanayake has made false remarks over the Defence Ministry portfolio saying the President cannot hold the portfolio.

"The MP says the President can not take the Defence Ministry under his purview according to the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. I question the MP where exactly it says in the Constitution that the President cannot be the Defence Minister. According to the article 4 (b) of the Constitution, the President should execute the Executive power of the people including the defence. A Supreme Court decision has also been made in 2003 saying the President should retain Defence Ministry," he said.

Referring to the speech made by MP C.V. Vigneswaran in Parliament that Tamil language is the oldest alive language in the would and the first settlers of Sri Lanka are Tamils, the minister said it was not so.

"linguists believe Chinese, Arabic, Greek and Basque languages pre-date Tamil. There is no historical evidence to say Sri Lanka's first settlers are Tamils. I'm ready to prove MP Vigneswaran’s this remark a false. I challenge him for a debate over the fact whether the first settlers of Sri Lanka are Tamils,” he said.  (Lahiru Pothmulla)

 


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  • Leo Wednesday, 26 August 2020 08:30 AM

    I don't think you have the intellect or the capacity to understand the progressive features of the 19th Amendment.

    Sokrates Wednesday, 26 August 2020 09:22 AM

    Aramaic is 3000 years old and is considered the oldest language still spoken today. Pakrit was spoken by the Sinhalese until the 3rd century AD. The Sinhala developed from it has taken over many loan words from Tamil, including syntactic and phonetic characteristics; in the area of syntax it is very close to Dravidian (Tamil). The Tamil language is not the oldest language, but it is much older than Sinhala.

    Jude Wednesday, 26 August 2020 09:31 AM

    Hey Gamma, Tamil is the Oldest language in USE !!

    Jude Wednesday, 26 August 2020 09:39 AM

    I've a message for Viggie!! SL like Japan consist of islands, and LANKANS speaks Sinhalese and NO other nation in the world speaks Sinhalese same like Japanese !! And Viggie this is gonna hurt you!! SL belongs to Sinhalese just like Japan belongs to Japanese!! Yeah !!

    DJ Wednesday, 26 August 2020 09:49 AM

    Please don't challenge anyone relax, but just a thought the 19th amendment came into being in 2017 so what's with this 2003 Court decision. When speaking crap atleast try and justify it without misleading.


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