Party leaders convened to discuss on 19th amendment


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A special party leaders’ meeting has been called for this morning to decide whether the 19th amendment would be debated in parliament today.

A senior parliamentary spokesman told our news team that arrangements have been made to hold this party leaders’ meeting at about 10 this morning.

The senior spokesman said further that a final decision with regard to this would be taken at this meeting.

The hearing of petitions submitted to the Supreme Court with regard to the draft 19th constitutional amendment act was concluded on 5th this month.

Accordingly the three-member bench of Supreme Court Judges including Chief Justice K. Sripavan had announced that relevant decision would be communicated to the President and the Speaker.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe presented the proposed draft 19th constitutional amendment act on 24th last March.

Nineteen petitions had been filed before the Supreme Court with regard to the draft act.

Out of these five had been filed in favour of the draft act while 14 were against it.

Hearing of these petitions before Supreme Court Judges Chief Justice K. Sripavan, Chandraa Ekanayake and Priyasaad Dep had begun last Wednesday.

Meanwhile holding the debate on the draft 19th constitutional amendment act today and tomorrow has been entered on parliamentary agenda book.

However MEP leader and former Minister Dinesh Gunawardhana said in parliament yesterday the Supreme Court view with regard to the 19th constitutional amendment had so far not been conveyed to the Speaker.

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