In the wake of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Central Committee (CC) deciding to support the 19th Amendment on a matter of principle, the party said it would support the enactment of the constitutional amendment subject to the incorporation of certain provisions it had proposed.
SLFP CC member G.L. Peiris told a news conference today that the party would submit these amendments on Monday.
He said the government had sought to prohibit MPs crossing over, but even though political crossovers were unacceptable as a matter of principle, the MPs were entitled to act according to their conscience.
Mr. Peiris said such rights cherished in representative democracy, should not be subdued under the iron fist of their political party leaders.
He said that based on a proposal by Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) Leader Dinesh Gunawardane the opposition would call for the appointment of only MPs to the Constitutional Council instead of outsiders.
Mr. Peiris said the government had sought to reduce the size of the Cabinet to 30 but through the new constitutional amendment, the number could be increased in the event of a national government. He said this was not acceptable to his party.
“Today, we have 77 MPs holding portfolios. We cannot allow that to happen. There cannot be a national government formed by two parties,” Mr. Peiris said. (KB)
Obivously GL Peiris does not like the provision regarding MPs jumping ship because he himself is a polevaulter par excellence. He has never constesterd elections, but managed to get appointed on the national list both by the SLFP and UNP! That is a record.
rana. Friday, 24 April 2015 01:59 PM
Only practical ones please
Sri Lankan Friday, 24 April 2015 02:05 PM
Whatever you do, the MS/CBK/RW troika is moving ahead.
Veda-mama Saturday, 25 April 2015 09:28 AM
THAMUN-NANSAE ARA VATA UDA INNAKOTA OVA KATHA-KERUWAE NAHA NAEDA? APITA MAEWATA HENA..HENA....
shirley Saturday, 25 April 2015 09:41 AM
Last few days, never get a seat again !!!
Bala Saturday, 25 April 2015 09:57 AM
And he knew nothing in the Foreign Affairs Ministry
Sri Lankan Saturday, 25 April 2015 11:09 AM
Protect MR and bring him back to power! We all need him to help to eat up the rest of the country lock stock and barrel and sell it off to the Chinese!! It is a shame on you frustrated and corrupt politicians.
who is this preeci kobpa Friday, 24 April 2015 03:26 PM
Ayo amo Finally GOD speaking here. we waited only for this
robin Saturday, 25 April 2015 07:07 AM
Professor G L Peiris is an expert in constitutional affairs. So he has every right to amend or correct whatever that is not suitable to be added to the constitution.
abeyro Saturday, 25 April 2015 07:32 AM
What amendments? You should submit your resignation from politics.
REALPATRIAT Saturday, 25 April 2015 07:35 AM
WHO WILL LISTEN TO HIM HIS MAIN PURPOSE IS TO DRAG TIME. via DM Android App
Sincere Friday, 24 April 2015 01:32 PM
Ooh. At last he has woken up from his deep slumber!
Nimal Friday, 24 April 2015 01:39 PM
Oh the scarecrow is still around?
Premalal Friday, 24 April 2015 05:40 PM
Now we know that God could make a mistake.
upali Friday, 24 April 2015 01:41 PM
Indication of another saga for delaying the process.
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