The main opposition United National Party (UNP) today informed parliament it backs the proposed 19th Amendmentto the Constitution and wants it passed in Parliament without a debate if other political parties also support it.
Opposition UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said that there are reports on some websites indicating there is a move by the Government to submit the proposed 19th Amendment as an urgent Bill in Parliament next month.
The 19th Amendment, proposed by Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) MP Athureliya Rathana Thera, calls for a Prime Minister be the Head of the Government and the Head of the Cabinet of Ministers and also a reduction in the number of Ministers and Deputy Ministers in office.
“Rathana Thera’s 19th Amendment has the support of the UNP. So if there is a move to bring it as an urgent bill then i suggest that we be consulted first. I am sure others will also agree to discuss it. If others also agree it can be passed without a debate,” Wickremesinghe told Parliament today.
Responding to this, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the Government does not react to gossip appearing on websites.
He said that if the Government wants to bring a Bill to Parliament then the correct procedures will be followed to do that.(Colombo Gazette)