Enact 21st Amendment first – Dayasiri

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BY Thameenah Razeek

SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara said, while the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) can be pursued, the need of the hour is to enact the 21st Amendment to the Constitution.

He said the SLFP is unwilling to sign the NCM against the Government without knowing the details in the document and that the Opposition cannot expect the SLFP to sign a blank document.

He said, as a first step, discussions must be held with other parties to gain the support of all MPs, as 113 votes were needed to pass the Motion.

Jayasekara said all MPs must support the 21st Amendment being demanded by protesters at Galle Face and citizens across the country.

“People across the country will respond appropriately if an MP fails to support the 21st  Amendment,” he said.

Jayasekara believes it is appropriate to try and pass the 21st Amendment.

“Another Cabinet reshuffle will not be tolerated by the public. Under the current circumstances, the public is unwilling to accept a simple change of heart. Because citizens were dissatisfied with the current administration’s actions, they demanded the resignation of the entire Cabinet. Retaining the same set of people to run the country will not be accepted and will not reflect public sentiment,” he said.