President Sirisena hails the passage of 19th Amendment

President Sirisena hails the passage of 19th Amendment

President Sirisena hails the passage of 19th Amendment

Written by Staff Writer

29 Apr, 2015 | 7:28 am

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution which includes the reduction of powers vested with the executive presidency was passed with a majority in Parliament on Tuesday.

The final reading of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was passed with 212 votes.

UPFA MP Sarath Weerasekara voted against, independent parliamentarian Ajith Kumara abstained from voting while eight members were absent.

After the vote, the house was adjourned for fifteen minutes following a tension-sparking request made by MP Dinesh Gunawardena for copies of all committee stage amendments.

Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena has hailed the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution with a 2/3rds majority in Parliament, as a historic victory for the Sri Lankan people. President Sirisena noted that it was a victory achieved following a people’s struggle that has lasted 37 years.

Issuing a statement, the President’s Media Division said that President Sirisena expresses his gratitude to the influence groups, the Maha Sangha, religious leaders, active citizens, civil society and all political parties and parliamentarians who used their vote to ensure this victory.

He added that the ability to fulfill this task constitutionally, in compliance with the determination of the Supreme Court and with the support of all political parties, is a giant step taken on behalf of democracy in the country.

The President concluded that the victory achieved today is a victory not only for the citizens of today but also for children yet to be born.

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