The Supreme Court has determined that some clauses of 22nd Amendment to the Constitution are inconsistent with the Constitution and needs to be approved through a special majority in Parliament and a referendum, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeyawardane told Parliament today.
He also said according to the determination, if the clauses were suitably amended, they can be passed without a referendum.
There is no need for 22. We want a new mandate. The present legislature is bananas.
Lumbini Tuesday, 06 September 2022 10:32 AM
When drafting constitutions, it is important to get views from the general public. It should not be done by one person with the support of a few politicians. Follow the example of Chile.
sam Tuesday, 06 September 2022 11:10 AM
Present system has no mandate. Constitutional amends should have public approval. What is required is a new mandate.
Nish Tuesday, 06 September 2022 11:43 AM
It is interesting to read the legal wording of the determination. It clearly says exercise of powers by an "executive President appointed by the people" , NOT appointed by politicians as was the case by 134 SLPPs. With that interpretation, I am not sure if someone else will go to court to challenge that too. Also interesting is the reference to "learned counsels" on the text. Wonder whether there will ever be a reference to "learned politicians". Never!
rew Tuesday, 06 September 2022 12:53 PM
This is a temp holding bay for Ranil, SLPP and UNP. They will never agree to share power.
suren Tuesday, 06 September 2022 01:21 PM
To those who are talking of obtaining peoples views/ approval for constitutional amendments, out of the 21 amendments already done, has one single amendment ever been approved by the people.
William Tuesday, 06 September 2022 01:52 PM
Clearly proves that some provisions are biased. The country needs a constitution based on the needs of the people and not those of politicians.
GHT Tuesday, 06 September 2022 09:45 PM
None has any rights to AMEND even a single alphabet in the constitution without the mandate of the people who themselves voted for RAJAPAKSAS
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