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Clause on dual citizenship should be retained: Vasu

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The clause relating to the dual citizenship which was introduced in the 19th Amendment should be retained in the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, Democratic Left Front (DLF) Leader Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara said today.

He said he could not totally reject the 19A as there were several positive aspects in the 19A which could be retained.

“Some aspects such as provisions guaranteeing Right to Information, limiting the term of President to five years, limiting the number times one can contest for Presidency to two and preventing dual citizenship holders contesting at elections introduced in the 19A are the good aspects which should be retained,” he said.

Minister Nanayakkara said this while speaking to media in Colombo after meeting the Cuban Ambassador to Sri Lanka.

When asked about the plans of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya to go to courts against 20A, he said it was a good move as seeking opinion of the court was also needed.

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  • Ramesh Kanth Monday, 21 September 2020 09:01 PM

    Instead of going to courts and wasting time and money SJB should go to Gotta, because the later is having more authority than the judicial system.

    Ranjith Tuesday, 22 September 2020 06:49 AM

    Yes once 20A comes into effect better go to Gota he is the Law

    AB Tuesday, 22 September 2020 05:49 AM

    Don't make big voice Vasu, Basil prepared it as he wants,he may have the way out if you either quite or say the opposite

    Ram Tuesday, 22 September 2020 05:50 AM

    Those who have declared allegiance to another country, when they sit in Parliament how can they decide on any issue between their adopted country and country of birth where he hold dual citizenship. Vasu can you explain?

    hoodwinker Tuesday, 22 September 2020 06:09 AM

    That said' when will Lanka be without political bickering of past ruling party's and vice versa, perhaps another Amendment will help!

    deepthi Tuesday, 22 September 2020 06:15 AM

    the court will decide constitutionality of amendments or in other words whether amendments violate the constitutional provisions and a referendum is needed for certain amendments. What court will not decide is the suitability and such amendment. Such as giving more power to president and removal of oversight bodies are desirable for democracy.

    ram Tuesday, 22 September 2020 06:28 AM

    your party is a one man's party. name doesn't make any sense when anyone examine your political history

    Johan Tuesday, 22 September 2020 09:41 AM

    Good to Rob and escape

    Johan Tuesday, 22 September 2020 09:43 AM

    We have two third baboons no knowledge of any Clauses in the constitution

    IMD Bandaranayake (nee Fonseka) Tuesday, 22 September 2020 10:03 AM

    Absolutely agree with Vasu, 4 a change, re dual citizenship. One must demonstrate genuine commitment when in pursuit of such power

    Gamini Ranjan Wijesinghe Tuesday, 22 September 2020 11:41 AM

    I appreciate you Vasu. At least you came out with the correct idea. Where are the other people who spoke against Basil. They are frighten to talk or view their ideas as they know that they will be ousted from the government. No point in going to court. People know what will be the outcome.


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