Independent MPs present proposals

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A day after the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) presented proposals for the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, independent MPs in the Government presented their own proposals for the 21st Amendment, to the Speaker on Friday (22).

MP Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe presented the amendments as a Private Member’s Bill, on behalf of the 40 MPs in the independent group in Parliament.

The proposals call for, among other things, a constitutional council chaired by the Speaker of Parliament and comprising the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and others.

The independent MPs were made up of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), and 10 other parties that make up the SLPP-led coalition.

The SJB proposals too had included the abolition of the Executive Presidency.

BY Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake