The 20th Amendment: Mahinda’s Golden Handshake & Maithri’s Moment Of Reckoning

The 20th Amendment will have the effect of restoring the presidency to its pre-19A eminence, and diminishing the prime minister’s position to its previous nameboard status. No one knows what will happen if and when a whole new constitution comes into being. We are supposed to believe that unlike 19A, which was allegedly intended to elevate Ranil Wickremesinghe and undercut the Rajapaksas, the new 20A is not intended to benefit (or disbenefit) anyone in particular. Except, it so happens that the 20th Amendment will empower some Rajapaksas and disempower other Rajapaksas. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, a former President himself, is set to be disempowered by the new amendment.