Gammanpila to table 22A in Parliament

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BY Thameenah Razeek

Former Minister Udaya Gammanpila said, he would table the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution in Parliament in April, making it impossible for dual citizens to hold key posts in the country’s administration, not just the presidency. 

As a result, dual citizens will be barred from holding any public office, Government position, or judicial position, he said. 

“Some people are spreading the myth that incumbent Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa is in power due to the 20th Amendment (20A). Basil Rajapaksa was only promoted to the position of Minister of Finance as a result of the 20A. Even before that, he governed the country as the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Leader,” Gammanpila alleged.

In addition, he said that former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran was appointed to the post by exploiting loopholes in the 19th Amendment, adding that after passing the 20th Amendment, Rajapaksa is ruling the country in the same way.

“As a solution to this, we hope to present 22nd Amendment to the Constitution to Parliament in April. Some of the Opposition members accuse me of conspiring to collect the votes lost by the Rajapaksas and turn them to support Minister Namal Rajapaksa in the upcoming Presidential election. That is not true,” he said.

Speaking on the matter, he noted that, unfortunately for Minister Namal Rajapaksa, this will be the end of the political journey of the Rajapaksa family and also family rule that has existed for the past 80 years.