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20A to be tabled in House by mid next month: Justice Minister

Says proposals are now being drafted


14 August 2020 09:02 am - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Moves are underway to drafted new proposals to abolish the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and replace it with the 20th Amendment which is to be tabled in Parliament by mid-September, Justice Minister Ali Sabry said.

He said they hoped to submit this proposal to the Cabinet to get it approved after being finalised.

“We are taking steps to abolish any clauses in the 19th Amendment that are detrimental to the country and amend them accordingly,” Sabry said.

“We are hoping to produce an effective Constitution to the country with the sole consent of all communities,’ he added.

He said under the proposal, the tenure of a President would remain subjected to five years, and it would maintain the position for a candidate not to contest a presidential election for more than two times.

Ali Sabry also assured that operations of the independent commissions would not be impeded whatsoever with this proposal.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) National Organiser Basil Rajapaksa, addressing a news briefing recently said the 19th Amendment to the Constitution should be amended if the country was to move on.

He also sought a two-thirds majority of the people at the election to make it a reality. (Sujith Hewajulige)

  Comments - 9

  • Man Friday, 14 August 2020 09:29 AM

    Yes for re-producing the 18th amendment, no public discussions required.

    Jude Friday, 14 August 2020 10:02 AM

    Okay people!! Get READY for Authoritarian Government!! People, YOU'RE totally screwed!! Yeah!!

    Don Friday, 14 August 2020 10:04 AM

    This man could twist the law as he likes to benefit his bosses.

    Nimal Friday, 14 August 2020 10:14 AM

    A senior partner in the cabinet Comrade Vasu reiterated that 19 A will not be abolished but only certain amendments would be introduced into it. This minister says it will be abolished. Do these contradictory statements from two cabinet ministers show early kachal in the mandale?

    Nimal Friday, 14 August 2020 10:16 AM

    19A served for democracy in this country with independent commissions devoid of political influence. Let it be continued for the sake of democracy and it is not for dictatorship.

    Nimal Friday, 14 August 2020 10:17 AM

    Why worry about 19 and not 18?

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 14 August 2020 02:17 PM

    What are the contents in 20A? Is it another Rajapakse maintenance program? Remember just bcos henchies like Ali Sabry will lick any one's balls for benefits, the mass of this country are not ready for that.

    Triple X Friday, 14 August 2020 04:23 PM

    Rajapaksa is Raja, people of Srilanka who gave him 2/3, now hold tight, wait for the charge.

    Mahajana Thursday, 27 August 2020 08:18 AM

    The tug of war that we saw as a result of YAHAPALANAYA completely destabilised the country ? Shouldn't we avoid a repetition of it ?

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