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20th Amendment to the Constitution tabled in Parliament amid uproar

ECONOMYNEXT – The 20th Amendment to the Constitution which proposes to takes away power from Parliament and vest them with the President was tabled in the House a short while ago amid protests from the Opposition.

Justice Minister Mohamed Ali Sabry tabled the proposal for its First Reading. This allows objections to be raised to the amendment within the next seven days.

The day began with the Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa strenuously objecting to the decision by Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene allowing Ratnapura MP Premalal Jayasekara who is under a death sentence to be sworn in as a MP.

Members also passed a vote of condolence on the demise of former Minister Arumugam Thondaman. (Colombo September 22, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana