Cabinet postpones approving 21A

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Cabinet has postponed approving the proposed 21st Amendment to the Constitution for the third time in a row.

Co-Cabinet Spokesman, Mahinda Amaraweera said a party leaders’ meeting will be held tomorrow (16) to inform them about the progress of the 21st Amendment.

He said the constitutional amendments were not approved at a Cabinet meeting on 13 June, as it was decided that further input was required from party leaders.

Thus, the 21st Amendment is expected to be approved at a Cabinet meeting next Monday.

The 21st Amendment was presented to Cabinet on 23 May initially, following a meeting of the Constitution Amendment Drafting Committee.

Cabinet decided to distribute copies of the amendment to party leaders for their perusal. The amendment was discussed before being sent back to Cabinet for final approval.

After repealing the 19th Amendment, the 21st Amendment is expected to nullify the 20th Amendment, which granted the President unlimited powers.

By Thameenah Razeek