Written by Staff Writer
22 Apr, 2015 | 9:36 pm
The opposition claims that new amendments to the Bill on the 19th Amendment to the constitution, contain points that are not in line with the determination of the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, the government states that all sections of the bill which the Supreme Court determined would require a referendum, have been removed from the bill.
Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva says that everything must be done in line with the guidance of the Supreme Court, adding that the SLFP will not allow for anything that violated the Supreme Court determination to be snuck into the bill and for it to be passed unconstitutionally.
JHU General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka notes that the opinion of the Supreme Court is not being sought. It is only happening on the approval of Parliament and the Attorney General.
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ajith P. Perera says that they have presented the 19th Amendment and all amendments to all members of Parliament, the opposition leader and the party leaders, for decisions to be made. He said that there is nothing in this bill that would require a referendum to be passed.
Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne points out that what they accept as the 19th amendment is the amendment that was approved by Cabinet and the one from which all sections which the Supreme Court determined would require a referendum, have been removed. He said, providing support to this 19th amendment is our stance.
Chairman of the National Movement for a Just Society Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera added that they must be happy with what they get from this, rather than what has been deprived. There may be shortcomings, he said, adding that they have been unable to completely abolish the Executive.
JVP Propaganda Secretary MP Vijitha Herath says that various conspiracies are afoot today to intentionally delay and prevent this amendment from being introduced. Those who were involved with the former Rajapaksa regime are intervening from the stance that they will not allow any bill to pass. Another group wants to push this back.
However, Leader of the Democratic Party Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka says that according to the information they have received the Prime Minister has tried to include new amendments. He has tried to bring in amendments that restrict the President in making appointments to the Cabinet and in deciding on the portfolios and removal of ministers. he says that if a government that is only governed by the Prime Minister is brought in at this moment, it will be the corrupt politicians that will take advantage of it.
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