Cabinet subcommittee to guide Legal Draftsman

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Cabinet approved the appointment of a cabinet subcommittee to guide the Legal Draftsman in preparing a draft bill, with immediate effect, to introduce the 21st Amendment to the Constitution.

This is to entrust more powers to the Parliament by strengthening democracy based on particulars in the 19th and 20th Amendments.

A number of parties representing the political, professional and various strata of society emphasise that it is appropriate to introduce suitable reforms to the Constitution to create political, economic and social stability to find solutions to the prevailing economic crisis.

The reform also highlights entrusting power to the Prime Minister to furnish a resolution to the Parliament proposing it to appoint a Parliamentary Select Committee to prepare a draft bill with unanimity by considering the draft bill so formulated and the constitutional reforms resolutions already being submitted in the Parliament.

Addressing the media yesterday (26) Co-Cabinet Spokesman Dr. Godahewa said it is quicker to precede a constitutional amendment if it comes from the Government but if it comes as a private member’s Bill it takes time to pass the Bill.

BY Thameenah Razeek