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The draft of the 20th Amendment has been sent to the Attorney General for his perusal after it was drafted by the legal draftsman, the Daily Mirror learns.

A senior government source said that the AG received the draft last Friday and after he gives his opinion and nod, it will be tabled before the cabinet, to further scrutinize its clauses. If cabinet approval is also granted it will be presented before Parliament, the senior source said.

The Daily Mirror learns that the clauses in the 20th Amendment does not include a special position for former President Maithripala Sirisena despite reports that he was expecting a senior ministerial position, or a deputy prime ministerial position once such a clause is included in the 20th Amendment.

Further, dual citizens who were banned from contesting for parliamentary seats due to a clause in the 19th Amendment, will also now be permitted to enter Parliament as that clause has been done away with in the 20th Amendment.

While the 20th Amendment has kept certain clauses from the 19th Amendment as well as the 18th Amendment, it will also do away with the rule to dissolve Parliament in four and a half years. Further, independent commissions will remain and steps will be taken to further strengthen it.

The 20th Amendment is likely to be before Parliament by mid September.(JAMILA HUSAIN)

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  • Jude Monday, 31 August 2020 10:04 AM

    24th amendment AKA Getting Basil and Host of other Duel- CITIZEN to PARLIAMENT !!! Huh!!

    Jude Monday, 31 August 2020 10:09 AM

    You can't HAVE Lankan MP's swear allegiance to other countries !!! That's absolutely ridiculous thing!!

    Jude Monday, 31 August 2020 10:13 AM

    Huh, with TWO thirds mandate THEY'RE gonna MAKE mockery of the whole system!! For a instance, FOREIGNERS becoming LANKAN MP's !! WOW!! Thats absurd!!

    Jude Monday, 31 August 2020 10:20 AM

    DUEL-CITIZENS are at some POINT NOT LANKAN citizens(YEAH when they become CITIZEN of another country they lose Lankan citizenship UNTIL they obtain SL citizenship thru DUEL citizenship) Moreover, they RENOUNCED Lankan citizenship !!

    Sokrates Monday, 31 August 2020 10:34 AM

    A tailor-made amendment for a criminal clan whose members are US citizens and consider Sri Lanka to be their personal property.

    Resde Aswe Monday, 31 August 2020 12:42 PM

    Well done Banana Republic!

    Dr. Colvin Monday, 31 August 2020 03:41 PM

    Oh! Before the Ministerial sub committee even meets,? Who is the clever craftsman?


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