Written by Staff Writer
07 Apr, 2015 | 10:22 pm
The United National Party says that the Parliament will be dissolved if the 19th Amendment to the Constitution is not passed in Parliament by the end of this week.
However, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera pointed out that the dissolution of the Parliament is beyond the capacity of the Prime Minister.
Chairman of the National Movement for a Just Society Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero said that they request Hela Urumaya to think further.
Speaking on Constitution Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero said:
Late J.R. Jayewardene drafted a constitution that was tailor-made for J.R. Jayewardene. That is exactly what Mahinda Rajapaksa did. He introduced the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, to be re-elected to rule, as much as he could.
Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero went on to say that it is not about drafting several constitutions. He said:
We must come together to draft a Constitution that will suit the country as a whole.
UPFA Minister Mahinda Amaraweera stated that Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the Parliament will be dissolved on April 22.Speaking further he said:
I don’t think it will be dissolved now. He can’t carry out the task of dissolving it. It should be dissolved by the President.
Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam stated that a gazette notification has been issued with the agreement of the current President, the Prime Minister and Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge.
He noted that relevant steps will be taken in this regard within this week.
He went on to say that they will take steps to pass the 19th Amendment to the Constitution within this week. He also stated that if anyone opposes this, it clearly indicates that within the very next day, they will dissolve the Parliament and call for a general election to receive the public’s mandate.
Leader of the Democratic Left Front MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara pointed out that as per discussions they had so far, what could be understood is that the SLFP which has now merged with the government will not vote in favour of the government’s constitutional amendment.
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