PM to table 21st Amendment


By Methmalie Dissanayake

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa expects to table a new Constitutional Amendment, the Prime Minister’s Office announced yesterday (18).

The party leaders who met Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena yesterday afternoon have agreed to table the progressive provisions of the 19th Amendment in the form of the 21st Amendment. 

This will abolish the 20th Amendment. 

The party leaders also discussed several progressive proposals of citizens protesting islandwide. Among them were auditing MPs, ministers, and political parties, prohibiting duel citizens from being appointed as the President and MPs, and bringing amendments to ensure transparency of Government contracts. 

Meanwhile, Government MPs who became independent in the House met the Speaker on the same day and requested to be seated separately on the Opposition side of the Chamber.

According to Parliament sources, the Speaker concurred with the request. 

“However, they won’t be able to sit on the Opposition side today (19), as Parliament staff have to make new seating arrangements after the appointment of a new Cabinet and State Ministers,” the sources said.