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Monday May 17th, 2021
Constitutional Amendments

PC polls postponement partly due to Right-Wing pressure

Sri Lanka’s decision to indefinitely postpone Provincial Council (PC) elections controversially was made due to sustained pressure from Sinhala Nati...

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NPC proposes “enhanced” devolution in new Constitution

Sri Lanka’s system of devolved power provided by the Provincial Councils should be enhanced and activated to create a more participat...

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Sarath Weerasekara likely new Cabinet Minister for Public Security

Sri Lanka’s President is expanding his Cabinet of Ministers by creating two new portfolios that of Public Security and Technology, according to an E...

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National Movement for a Just Society calls for wide consultations on new Constitution

Prof Rohan Samarajiva is saying that process of making a new constitution to the country is not something that is owned by a party which won an electi...

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SLMC must reveal details of deal struck with Govt. to support 20A - UNP

The United National Party is demanding that the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress reveal the deal it struck with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to support t...

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Pompeo meets Lankan leadership today to keep Colombo within US orbit

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who arrived in Sri Lanka last night will have talks today with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Foreign M...

Amid rumours his party MPs will support 20A, Hakeem urges them to oppose it

Leader of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Rauff Hakeem is urging the members of his party not to vote in favour of the ...

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Gammanpila, Wimal, Wijedasa, Vasu change stand on Dual Citizens holding office

A group of government Members of Parliament who opposed the proposal to disallow dual-citizens to hold political office ...

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Govt. should prioritize Health and Quarantine laws not Constitution - Sajith

Faced with a pandemic the government’s priority should be enacting laws to deal with the health crisis and not bring i...

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Parliament to debate Covid crisis this week as government and opposition trade barbs

Parliament saw raucous scenes this morning as before the scheduled debate on the controversial 20th Amendment to the Con...

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Cabinet sets a limit on the number of Ministers in proposed 20A

The Cabinet has approved three changes to the proposed 20th Amendment to be presented at the committee stage apart from ...

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Government to make minor changes to 20A to stave off protests

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene is due to officially reveal the determination of the Supreme Court with regards to the ...

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Government agreeable to allow FR cases against the President – Prof Peiris

Education Minister Prof G.L. Peiris says that the government is ready to bring in a clause to the 20th amendment at the ...

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Parliament should follow Covid 19 Regulations and postpone 20A debate - Opposition

Sri Lanka’s Parliamentary Opposition is demanding that sittings of the Legislature be conducted according to Regulatio...

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Two days insufficient to debate 20th Amendment - Opposition

The Parliamentary Opposition is crying foul over the way the government wants to steamroller the 20th Amendment to the C...

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Sajith demands the government provide relief for Covid hit areas

Sri Lanka’s Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa is demanding that the government offer relief packages to worker...

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National Christian Council is “deeply concerned” about the 20A

The National Christian Council of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) is expressing deep concern about the manner in which the 20th Amendm...

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Catholic Church opposes 20A calls for new constitution to be drafted

Sri Lanka’s Roman Catholic Church is joining the chorus of opposition to the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constituti...

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Opinion: Political pressure to revise 20th amendment remains alive

With some government Parliamentarians finding the courage to oppose the 20th Amendment to the Constitution alongside opp...

Dr. Jehan Perera - Executive Director National Peace Council

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“20th Amendment will deal a death blow to democracy” – Amarapura and Ramanna Monks

A section of Sri Lanka’s powerful Buddhist clergy is opposing a Constitutional Amendment proposed by the government of...

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“Leaked” Supreme Court determination on 20A “disappointing,” say lawyers

In an unprecedented event a document purporting to be the determination of the Supreme Court on the proposed 20th Amendm...

Arjuna Ranawana

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Government MPs want Riyaj Bathiudeen re-arrested over Easter Bombings

More than two-thirds of the country’s governing party Parliamentary Group has signed a letter addressed to the Preside...

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MR says PM’s and President’s offices will be audited after 20A but Auditors’ Union d...

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is saying that the offices of the President and the Prime Minister will continue to be ...

Imesh Ranasinghe

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Challenging the 20A: All submissions to Supreme Court end tomorrow

The Supreme Court will close submissions from all parties challenging or supporting the controversial proposed 20th Amen...

Arjuna Ranawana

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Sajith calls for National effort to save the country’s economy

Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa is calling on all political parties to shed their differences and come togethe...

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20A will create a President who is not accountable to anyone - Karu Jayasuriya

Former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya is saying that the 20th Amendment to the constitution would make the President a ruler wh...

Imesh Ranasinghe

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