Sumanthiran urges MPs not to go in ‘reverse gear’ in direction of autocracy

When the 17th Amendment and the 19th Amendment was passed, why was it that almost the whole House approved it, he questioned. “Why did it happen? It didn’t happen for any other amendment, but those two.” 

Because those had the total approval of our people that this country must remain a democratic country, he said. “That messy as it is, democracy is the way that we have chosen and that’s the way, that’s the path we will tread.”

“Democracy is messy. We know that. All of us know that. Discussion deliberation takes time and sometimes it is costly even. But that is democracy. That is people’s rule. That’s how you ensure that it is the people’s will that eventually materializes.”

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