Why should 20A be passed?

2020-10-20 at 13:09

Co-Cabinet Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella says the government sought a two thirds majority in Parliament to introduce a new Constitution.

Speaking during the weekly Cabinet media briefing the Minister noted the main reason the government sought a two thirds majority was to introduce a new Constitution and to abolish the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which was an obstruction for future programmes.

The Minister said the government did not seek a two thirds majority to reduce the prices of goods or for any other matter.

He stated the government therefore has a responsibility to abolish the 19th Amendment and enact the 20th Amendment as the public granted a two thirds majority for this purpose.

Joining the media briefing Co-Cabinet Media Spokesman Minister Udaya Gammanpila said several government affiliated parties including the National Freedom Front, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya and Democratic Leftist Front tabled their stance pertaining to the 20th Amendment.

He noted the Maha Sangha, Catholic Archdiocese of Colombo and several trade unions also tabled their opinion in this regard.

The Minister said the government held lengthy discussions over the opinions and reached three decisions, the first being that the existing limitation of 30 Cabinet Ministers and 40 Non-Cabinet and Deputy Ministers will continue as stated in the Constitution.

He added the second decision was to maintain powers vested with the Auditor General through the Constitution to audit state institutions. Minister Gammanpila stated the third decision was that Emergency Acts can only be introduced with regards to national security and national disasters.