There is serious worry [among the Tamils in Northern and Eastern province] of what kind of constitutional reforms will be brought about.

Colombo, Sri Lanka – The Rajapaksa family romped to victory in the August 5 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections capitalising on popular appetite for strong government, a fragmented opposition and a long-drawn campaign focused on Sinhala Buddhist nationalist ideology. The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party won 146 seats just four short of the supermajority it needs to change the Constitution – one of the governing party’s main campaign promises. Critics fear the planned constitutional reform will lead to authoritarianism, as it will amass more power in the hands of President Gotabaya…

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Cabinet approves the decision to change the country’s constitution

ECONOMYNEXT – At its first Cabinet meeting the new government has approved making changes to the Constitution, the Cabinet Spokesman Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has said. He was quoted in media as saying that Cabinet gave the nod to “abolish the 19th Amendment and to draft the 20th Amendment to the Constitution.” Ministers have variously said that the amendments, which will change the country’s basic law, will be a high priority for the government. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who chaired today’s Cabinet meeting, has not made it a secret that the…

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SLPP victory not because it was more popular in August 2020 than it was in November 2019.

By Tisaranee Gunasekara The SLPP’s victory was a show-stopper. No denials possible, no debates necessary. Yet – and this is most remarkable take away from that victory – the SLPP had not managed to increase its electoral base between December 2019 and August 2020. Not even by a single vote.  At the presidential election, Gotabaya Rajapaksa scored 6.92 million votes. At the parliamentary election, the SLPP vote count was 6.85 million. In the seven and a half months between presidential and parliamentary polls, the SLPP lost 70,565 votes. The SLPP…

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Cabinet approves abolishing of 19th Amendment

The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the abolishment of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Minister of Mass Media Keheliya Rambukwella said the Cabinet of Ministers has also granted approval to draft the 20th Amendment to the Constitution. The Cabinet of Ministers headed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa convened for the first time today since the appointment of a new Government. Minister Rambukwella told the Colombo Gazette yesterday that the Cabinet will predominantly focus on the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and other changes to be proposed to the Constitution of Sri Lanka…

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Two Murder suspects to attend Parliament on first day to support Mahinda.

SLPP MP convicted of murder can attend sittings, pending an appeal Pillaiyan granted permission to attend inaugural sitting by Batticaloa HC They will be transported to Parliament in prison vehicle  Only 223 MPs will take oaths on Thursday as UNP, OPPP yet to finalise National List candidate First time since 1947 the UNP will not be represented in the Legislature By Chandani Kirinde Two newly-elected Members of Parliament (MPs), one convicted of murder and another accused in a high-profile murder case, will be allowed to attend the first day of…

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We will oppose any move to repeal 19 A – LFP

BY Ruwan Laknath Jayakody The newly-established Lawyers Forum for the People (LFP) organisation whilst calling on the rulers to further strengthen the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, informed they would intervene to take all measures to oppose any move to repeal it. These sentiments were expressed by the LFP’s Convening Board Members and Attorneys-at-Law Senaka Perera, Namal Rajapaksha, Achala Seneviratne and Upali Ratnayake while addressing the LFP’s maiden Media briefing held yesterday (17) in Colombo.  Perera observed that the 19th Amendment contained salient provisions which safeguarded the rule of law,…

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With power comes great responsibility

At the August 5 general election, the people gave the president and his Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) a landslide victory, which together with their political allies, gives the present regime a healthy 2/3rds majority.   Prior to the general election, the president and his party made changing the constitution, more particularly the 19th Amendment to the Constitution its main campaign slogan. They called on voters to give them a 2/3rds majority to be free to make the necessary changes without having to depend on minority parties.   The people responded. The…

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Govt. sets agenda: 20A gets priority

Allocation of portfolios irks several govt. members MS agrees to wait for a senior post in Govt. RW to continue as UNP Leader till PC polls Sajith busy getting his SJB house in order The Government, headed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, has now commenced their work with the first in the list of duties already being earmarked – constitutional amendments. Now that the Cabinet and state ministerial portfolios have been assigned and the inaugural Cabinet meeting and parliamentary sessions scheduled for this week, it is…

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