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Government not clear whether independent commissions will stay or go

ECONOMYNEXT – The government is not providing a direct answer as to whether the Constitutional changes it proposes includes the dissolution of the independent Commissions established by the 19th Amendment.

In Parliament today the Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella asked the government to say whether it was abolishing the independent commissions through the proposed 20A.

Replying to the question the Leader of the House Dinesh Gunawardena said that the actions of the independent commissions that were established through 19A caused chaos in the country.

He said that the President was shackled by the amendment and there were major issues in the day to day administration of the country.

“We should completely change and amend the political mechanism of the country,” he said.

Moreover, he said that UNP government at the time of presenting the 19A asked for the support of then opposition UPFA by promising an immediate change in the electoral laws.

He also said that they would like to thank President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for promising that he will present a clear plan to the parliament in order to abolish the 19A.(Colombo/Aug21/2020)

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe

 

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