20 A as a Pvt Member Bill before end May

20 A as a Pvt Member Bill before end May

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) will submit the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution, which aims to abolish the Executive Presidency, to the Parliament before the end of May, as a Private Member Bill, JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said yesterday (25).

Dissanayake, briefing the media about the proposed 20th Amendment, added the political environment to bring such an Amendment has been established at the moment. He noted, “There is political turmoil going on in the country right now.

If we look at the past, it can be clearly seen that every Amendment and law, which has been beneficial to the citizens, was passed in the Parliament during such times. That was how the 17th Amendment to the Constitution got passed in 2001. Therefore, the JVP hopes to bring this Bill to abolish the Executive Presidency during this time of political uncertainty.”

The JVP Leader added that his party has finished preparing most of the Articles of the proposed Private Member Bill. However, the Party is waiting to hold discussions with other parties to complete the document.
He said that the JVP would hold open discussions with all the stakeholders including the Chief Prelates.

“If anyone wants to add more Amendments to the proposed Bill or change an Article in the Bill, it could be decided during the discussions. We need to have a two-thirds majority in the Parliament to pass the Bill. Therefore, we have to get everyone’s support,” Dissanayake said.

Moreover, Dissanayake expressed his thanks to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Joint Opposition (JO) for saying that they would conditionally support to pass the Bill in the Parliament.

“The JO wants to dissolve the Parliament on the same day on which the Bill gets passed. It can be discussed further during the meetings with the JO regarding the Bill,” the JVP Leader said.

(Ceylon Today)

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