Cabinet to hold second round of talks on 21A


The Cabinet will hold a second round of discussions on the 21st Amendment to the Constitution next week after receiving suggestions from party leaders this week, Cabinet Spokesman Dr. Bandula Gunawardane said.

The 21st Amendment was presented to Cabinet following a meeting of the Constitution Amendment Drafting Committee on 23 May evening at the Prime Minister’s Office. Cabinet decided to provide copies of the amendment to the Parliamentary Party Leaders for them to peruse it.

The 21st Amendment is expected to annul the 20A, which gave executive powers to the President after abolishing the 19th Amendment.

Minister of Justice, Prisons and Constitutional Reforms
Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said the 21st Amendment includes clauses that reduce the powers of the Executive Presidency and prevents people with dual citizenship from holding parliamentary seats.