Proposed New 20th Amendment will take Sri Lanka back to the Stone Age – NPP

ECONOMYNEXT- Opposition activist, Attorney at Law Harshana Nanayakkara is saying that the 20th Amendment to the Constitution if enacted, will take Sri Lanka back to the Stone Age.

Nanayakkara, who represents the Lawyers of the opposition National Peoples’ Power alliance, told reporters that the 20A has given the power to the President to kick away the mandate given by the people to the elected parliament.

This is because the President can dissolve the parliament a year from the date it is elected.

“The entire amendment is made in a way where the parliament is converted to just a rubber stamp as the powers of the House is taken by the President,” he said.

He went on to say that in any developed country there is a division of power among the executive, legislature and judiciary.

But he added according to the 20A the power of appointing the Chief Justice, Judges to Court of Appeal and members to the Judicial Service Commission is given to the President.