Sri Lanka President ready to abolish 19th Amendment if given two-third majority in parliament

Dec 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says he will abolish the 19th Amendment to the Constitution enacted by the Unity Government in 2015, if the necessary majority in Parliament is obtained at the general election. In an exclusive interview with the Suhasini Haidar of The Hindu during his visit to India, when asked if he planned to move to a more parliamentary system as envisaged by the 19th Amendment passed by his predecessor, he said the 19th Amendment, which curtailed powers of the executive presidency and introduced…

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New Dossier Released On Alleged War Crimes Committed By Sri Lanka’s New Defence Secretary Kamal Gunaratne

There is compelling evidence to charge Sri Lanka’s newly appointed secretary of defence, retired Major General Kamal Gunaratne, with war crimes and crimes against humanity. The South Africa based International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) has released a 100-page dossieron the secretary of defence, focusing on his role as the 53 Division commander in the war and the Competent Authority for IDPs and commander of Joseph camp, an army camp notorious for torture after the war. This follows the ITJP’s publication earlier this year of a dossier on Lieutenant General Shavendra…

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”NO Devolution to Tamils” says President Gotha

“Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development can Provide Solution for True Grievances of the Minorities and not Federalism or Greater Devolution as Promised by Politicians ” Says President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at Meeting with Media Editors By Nisthar Cassim President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday drove home the point that it was largely socioeconomics and security and less politics that would ensure true national unity in the country, which he said would rebound next year leading to inclusive prosperity. Speaking for the first time to media editors since assuming office, President Rajapaksa made a…

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