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20A is an attempt to undermine the powers of the Legislature … Madummabandara

Madduma Bandara

SJB General Secretary Parliamentarian Ranjith Maddumabandara has stated that the proposed 20th Amendment was an attempt to undermine the powers of the Legislature.

He was speaking to the media at the Opposition Leader’s Office in Colombo. Madumabandara said:

The MPs who vote for this bill will do so to prune down their powers themselves. The proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution has started with all signs of dictatorial regime and any one who cherishes democratic values should abhor it. Only a very few members of the Cabinet of Ministers have seen the content of the draft bill of the proposed amendment. Not even the Prime Minister has seen it.

Many ministers do not know what it is about. But they have been forced to pass it. Those are signs of a dictatorship being created. If this is the way the Prime Minister and the ministers of the cabinet are being treated before the 20th Amendment becoming law, we can imagine the way it will be once the amendment becomes the law.

Parliament has the supreme power over public finances. But as per the new laws proposed by the draft bill the parliament will lose those powers and they will be vested with the executive presidency. So the MPs will lose their power. We hope that those in the government ranks will have clear understanding of the repercussions of this bill.”







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