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Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had last week advocated the 21st amendment of the Constitution, saying that it would curb the unlimited powers of the President and strengthen the role of Parliament, which would help in recovering the debt-ridden country and dealing with the economic crisis.
Sri Lankan Cabinet (Sri Lanka Cabinet) has deferred the 21st amendment to the Constitution by a week following strong protests by some members of the ruling party. After this proposed amendment, Parliament will get more powers and powers from the President. 21st Amendment of the Constitution (21st Amendment to the Constitution) is expected to repeal Article 20A, which President Gotabaya Rajapaksa (Gotabaya Rajapaksa) gives wide powers.
The draft of the proposed amendment in Sri Lanka was presented in the cabinet meeting on Monday yesterday. MP Charitha Herth told reporters, “It has been decided to approve the proposed amendments only after all the parties agree on the proposed amendments. It will now be presented in the cabinet meeting next week.”
Many leaders against the amendment
A section of the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Party (SLPP) is against bringing in the 21st amendment without dealing with the current economic crisis. SLPP general secretary Sagar Kariyawasam said, “People are facing problems due to shortage of all essential commodities. We have to think of solving economic issues before taking a political solution.”
Constitutional Affairs Minister Wijedassa Rajapaksa was hopeful that the cabinet would approve the 21st amendment on Monday. The government announced on Friday last week that most of the concerns raised by all parties had been resolved and the 21st Amendment had been agreed upon.
Earlier, Sri Lanka’s Justice Minister Vijayadas Rajapaksa had informed on Sunday that the 21st amendment to the constitution, which gives parliament more powers than the acting president, would be tabled in the cabinet on Monday for approval.
President’s unlimited powers will be curbed: PM Wickremesinghe
According to online news portal Lanka First, Vijayadas Rajapaksa said that a special discussion on the matter was held last week with the support of President Gotabaya and it was also attended by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Foreign Minister GL Peiris. The minister said that the 21st amendment to the constitution, including the proposals of political parties and various other parties, would be tabled in the cabinet on Monday for approval.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had last week advocated the 21st amendment of the Constitution, saying that it would curb the unlimited powers of the President and strengthen the role of Parliament, which would help in recovering the debt-ridden country and dealing with the economic crisis.
Sri Lanka is facing an unprecedented economic crisis since its independence from British rule in 1948. India’s neighboring country is facing serious economic crisis and is on the verge of bankruptcy. Here people are facing acute shortage of food, fuel, medicines and from cooking gas to matches.
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