Govt still struggling to pass 21A – Bandula

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The Government is still struggling to secure enough votes to pass the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, Cabinet Spokesman Bandula Gunawardena said.

He said, although the 21st Amendment was submitted to Cabinet on 6 June, it is yet to be approved, and a final decision will be made next week.

He said, there is still some resistance within the Government, and Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe met party leaders to discuss what should be amended in the draft Bill.

“Following the party leaders’ proposals, the Amendment will have more alterations, which will hopefully be discussed next week. In addition, many other concerns were raised in Cabinet. The Amendment is still being debated,” he said.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe planned to propose the 21st Amendment, which would give Parliament control over the Executive President. The new constitutional amendment will curtail the President’s unlimited powers, while strengthening Parliament’s role in governing the debt-ridden country, which is also experiencing unprecedented political turmoil.

By Thameenah Razeek