SJB urges PM to revise some clauses in 21A

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The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) has urged incumbent Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to revise certain clauses, in the proposed 21st Amendment to the Constitution, to limit the powers of the Executive Presidency.

SJB General Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara told the media yesterday (29), the SJB had already informed Wickremesinghe that the proposed constitutional amendment should be revised to prevent the President from holding any ministerial portfolios and to allow Parliament to elect a President.

Madduma Bandara went on to say the SJB has informed the Prime Minister that the 21st Amendment should be revised and approved by Parliament before a referendum is held at a suitable time.

“We have also proposed some clauses concerning parliamentarians who change sides. As a result, we have proposed an amendment that prohibits an MP who crosses over from accepting any portfolio or other reward for doing so,” he added.

He went on to say that they have proposed that only the Supreme Court can issue a stay order preventing disciplinary action by a political party if an MP switches sides.

BY Nabiya Vaffoor