Dec 17, 2020

Parliament, reduced to level of a post office - Karu  Featured

aThe parliament has been reduced to a level of a post office after the passage of the 20th Amendment, former Speaker and Chairman of the National Movement for a Just Society - Karu Jayasuriya says.

He was speaking at a media briefing earlier this month.

"The Parliament of Sri Lanka symbolizes the sovereignty of the people and the democratic nature of the state. Our parliament has a distinguished history. Our parliamentary system has earned the respect and admiration of the world, for producing eminent politicians who have championed the traditions of democratic governance," he said.

"But what is the status of the current parliament? As we have pointed out previously, the parliament has been reduced to a level of a post office after the passage of the 20th Amendment. The intellectuals of this country, including the Maha Sangha and other religious leaders, have warned that with the passage of the 20th Amendment, democracy in this country would be destroyed and the legislative supremacy of parliament would be damaged, he added.

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