Discussions at next Cabinet meeting – Gunawardena

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Cabinet Spokesman Bandula Gunawardena said Cabinet is expected to discuss the proposals presented by the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) on the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, at the next Cabinet meeting.

Gunawardena told the Media that the SJB’s proposals were not discussed at Monday’s (30) Cabinet meeting, as its prime focus was the economic crisis.

He said today (2) Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe would speak to the party leaders to obtain feedback from them.

“The President had inquired about the progress of the amendment during Monday’s (30) Cabinet meeting. Rajapakshe had said he would brief the Cabinet on the matter after discussing with party leaders on Thursday (2).”

Meanwhile, the Justice Minister said discussions on the 21st Amendment would take place with the political parties that are not represented in Parliament as well. He has also indicated that their views would be obtained and tabled at the discussions scheduled next week. Trade unions, civil society organisations, and NGOs have been invited for this discussion.

Furthermore, the Minister said he would submit a draft that includes suggestions by the party leaders, to the Cabinet in the second week of June.

Meanwhile, the SLPP said the final decision on whether to support the 21st Amendment would be made after discussions with the President and the Prime Minister.

By Thameenah Razeek