With changes on populist proposals: 20A will get 2/3 majority – Lanza

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 22 2020

State Minister for Rural Roads and Other Infrastructure,   Nimal Lanza, said, the 20th Amendment to the Constitution will be passed by a two-thirds majority.

He said the 20th Amendment was introduced with the relevant changes made in view of the populist proposals put forward by religious leaders and various parties including the Buddhist clergy and the Archbishop of Colombo.

“The 19th Amendment to the Constitution had many problems. We saw that former President Maithripala Sirisena could not rule the country taking direct decisions. Sirisena was moving to one side and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was going in another direction. In the end, the only thing that happened was the country going backwards. 

Therefore, the 20th Amendment was brought in to abolish the 19th and to strengthen the present President so he can work for people. It is timelier to draft a new Constitution but it will take time. The Government will work with various parties to formulate a new Constitution, taking into account their views and opinions, to suit the present needs.

 Until then, steps have been taken to remove the obstacles to the continued progress and introduce the 20th Amendment with the necessary alterations. Measures have been taken not to change the provisions of the 19th Amendment regarding the Cabinet and the Audit Service Commission and to restrict the presentation of Emergency Acts in Parliament except in cases of national security and disaster. The Government has taken steps to protect such favourable amendments”.

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 22 2020

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