19-A: SLFP's final stance soon


The SLFP National Organizer MP Susil Premajayantha said that his party’s stance regarding the 19th Constitutional Amendment would be announced next week.

He said that SLFP has not come to a final decision concerning the matter thus far.

Earlier, SLFP stated that the 19th amendment and the amendment to the electoral system should be passed together.

Under such circumstances, the 19th Constitutional Amendment draft bill was recently presented in parliament.

Despite the SLFP statement, Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senarathna made a contradictory statement during the media briefing convened to inform Cabinet decisions held in Colombo today.

The Cabinet spokesman said the SLFP has taken a decision to add another Clause in the proposed 19th amendment, citing that the 19th amendment would be enacted, only after the amendment of the electoral system.

When our news team contacted several senior members of SLFP, they stated that such a decision has not been taken by the party.

Although the SLFP holds such an opinion, JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake expressed his views regarding the dates scheduled for passing the 19th Amendment during a media conference held in Colombo yesterday.

He said the political party leaders have agreed to this.

However, 19 petitions filed with regards to the 19th Amendment would be considered before a panel of 3 Supreme Court judges, including Chief Justice K. Sri Pavan next Monday.

9 petitions among them have stated that the 19th Amendment should be passed with majority vote in parliament.

The balance 10 petitions proposed to hold a referendum.

Meanwhile, Chief Government Whip Minister Lakshman Kiriella expressed his views regarding the passing of the 19th amendment in parliament next week, at a ceremony held in Kandy today.

He added that the new amendment will be presented in parliament on 8th, 9th and 10th of this month and after it is passed in parliament the Presidential powers will be reduced by 90%.

He further said that a national government does not mean merely sharing ministerial positions.

However, a national government is all about having the same stance regarding country’s issues, which prevents outside forces from harming the country.

The Minister also added that the Chief Prelates of Malwathu and Asgiri Chapters have advised for the past 10 to 15 years, stating that the UNP and the SLFP should cooperate.

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