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House passes Reparations Bill

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Parliament passed The Office for Reparations Bill with a majority of 16 votes. It received 59 votes in favour, while 43 votes against. The UNP, SLFP members in the Government and the TNA voted in favour of the Bill. The JVP MPs were absent. The Joint Opposition together with the ‘SLFP Group of 15,’ voted against the Bill.

The Bill was moved for debate by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Foreign Affairs Minister Thilak Marapone moved further amendments to the Bill at the end of the debate. The definition of “aggrieved persons” in the Bill was amended in conformity with the Supreme Court determination.

 

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