Oct 19, 2020

Cabinet to make 3 changes to 20A

The cabinet has decided to introduce three changes to the proposed 20th Amendment, minister Wimal Weerawansa has said.

The decision was reached during today's (19) cabinet meeting, he added.

The minister also said that Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana received the Supreme Court (SC) determination on the 20th Amendment and Parliament is to be informed tomorrow (Tuesday).

Karu launches online petition Meanwhile, former Speaker - Karu Jayasuriya tweeted today that he launched an online petition to reverse the 20th Amendment and bring a new constitution instead.

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Dolawatte seeks changes for 3 clausesEarlier today, MP Premnath C Dolawatte had directed a letter to the President and Prime Minister over the 20th Amendment.

He has urged to reconsider 03 detrimentary areas of the amendment, including increasing the number of ministers, exempting state institutions from auditing and bringing in sudden draft Bills.

He also urges them to consider the 'dual citizenship' issue as well as the opposing views expressed by several parties including prominent Buddhist monks, the Cardinal and others.

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Questionable position

Meanwhile, Chief Patron of the Hela Bodu Saviya - Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thero has also sent a letter to President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa regarding his concerns on the 20th Amendment.

The letter also stated that the 20th Amendment would put the democracy of the country in a questionable position, as well as make the government highly unpopular within the civil community. Sobitha Thero requested the President to use the trust placed in him wisely and take the public’s concerns on 20A to his consideration.