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The Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), an ally of the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has renewed its call for the abolition of the concurrent list in the 13th Amendment and for the establishment of a senate or second chamber as part of a solution to the national question.

Minister and EPDP Leader Douglas Devananda said he submitted his proposals to the government at a recent meeting. He said he had called for the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution as an initial step in evolving a political solution.

“We want the government to go beyond the 13th Amendment in the devolution of power. We asked the government to establish a senate and to abolish the concurrent list,” he said.

When asked whether his proposal for a senate is similar to what the government had outlined to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), he said there could be differences of views on the matter.

Soon after the Indo-Lanka Accord in 1987, the government introduced the 13th Amendment to the Constitution providing for the establishment of nine provincial councils in the country with powers devolved under the provincial and concurrent lists.

The provincial councils have full statute-making power with respect to the Provincial Council List, and shared statute-making power with respect to the Concurrent List while matters set out in the Reserved List are under the central government. (KB)

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  • UK Tamil Boy Monday, 16 May 2011 05:08 PM

    your advise is good for fools but not for the tamils.

    dpl Tuesday, 17 May 2011 01:30 AM

    what is the last examination you pass.JSC.

    Wimal_Modawansa Tuesday, 17 May 2011 01:43 AM

    Where were you all these days?Why suddenly closer to the elections?

    raju Tuesday, 17 May 2011 07:14 AM

    Who care you or your statements, tamils know their own way and you try to fill your pockets as much as possible you can.

    M.S.Mudali Tuesday, 17 May 2011 08:06 AM

    How was Prabhakaran who was grade five droput and a cycle thief?

    M.S.Mudali Tuesday, 17 May 2011 08:27 AM

    Oh yeah.. Tamils know how to go to Mullivaaykkal!

    Phil Tuesday, 17 May 2011 08:58 AM

    Thank you Doug.

    "Men willingly believe what they wish " - Julius Caesar, De Bello Gallico.

    Musthafa Tuesday, 17 May 2011 09:28 AM

    First you people unite then talk about 13th or 17th.

    Common Man Tuesday, 17 May 2011 12:14 PM

    P.C. System is a frailer and helps more corruption & fraud; SL is too small for that. True Parliament democracy is the solution that all must agree (All races).

    UK Tamil Boy Tuesday, 17 May 2011 03:56 PM

    MUSTHAFA,
    DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY PARTIES YOUR PEOPLE HAVE- WERE THEY ALL UNITED WHEN THEY TALKED TO THE GOVERNMENT?

    Lavanya Wednesday, 18 May 2011 02:12 AM

    This is the good statement ...we people accept his proposals to the government...


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