Written by Staff Writer
27 Apr, 2015 | 10:17 pm
The debate for the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was taken up in Parliament on Monday, April 27.
Commencing the debate, President Maithripala Sirisena requested all Members of Parliament to render support for the adoption of the amendment.
President Maithripala Sirisena stated that, considering the results of the presidential election, Mahinda Rajapaksa got 5.8 million votes and he achieved 6.2 million votes. Therefore, if taken into consideration, the 12 million votes received by the two main candidates, it is clear that the people are in agreement for this amendment. He said that it therefore brings to mind, a moment of joy, to state that they aren’t considering themselves as SLFP, UNP or any other fraternal political parties: but as one. He went on to note that there is time until Tuesday, April 28 noon to resolve the problems presented by both parties.
Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe stated that they have accepted the Supreme Court’s decision and that they have decided to remove articles 42,43 and 44 which confer powers on the Prime Minister. The political parties have agreed to this.
Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva noted that they are totally in agreement with the establishment of independent commissions. But this constitution does not mention the provisions for removing a Prime Minister. He said that what was stated before was that there would be no MPs in the constitutional council; thus they proposed five MPs be appointed.
JVP Propaganda Secretary MP Vijitha Herath stated that they are not in agreement with the entirety of the 19th Amendment which includes consulting the Bar Association in the establishment of the Judicial Commission, but that they are in agreement with the primary intentions.
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