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President Gotabaya, Premier Mahinda, Cabinet are architects of 20 A: Keheliya

Keheliya Rambukwella

Cabinet Spokesman and Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has observed that the architects of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution were President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse and the Cabinet but any changes, amendments or proposlas would be considered during the debate in Parliament.

He was addressing the weekly cabinet news briefing on Thursday.

Rambukwella said:

“President Rajapaksa and the Cabinet will take the full responsibility of 20A as the people have given a mandate to the SLPP Government and President Rajapaksa at two major elections to replace the 19A with the 20A.

All proposals, amendments and changes would be considered at the committee stage in Parliament when the 20A is taken up for debate in Parliament. The draft of 20A, that has now been gazetted was taken up for a detailed discussion in the cabinet on Wednesday at which the report of the draft Amendments by a team of experts appointed by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was reviewed.

When 19A was introduced in the 100 day governance by the Yahapalana government in 2015, no opportunity was given for a public debate like today.

The draft of 20A would be tabled in Parliament after two weeks from the gazette notification enabling any citizen or organization interested in the draft amendments to file a petition in the Supreme Court for an interpretation within a week.

We are ready to accommodate any positive and progressive amendment, suggestions of changes to the proposed amendments at the committee stage in Parliament.

Therefore, no one must worry about the 20A as it is not something written on a stone. As a democratic government we are ready to listen to all and accommodate their positive suggestions."








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