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Sri Lanka President says voting for 19th amendment a meritorious deed

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena addressed the parliament on the 19th amendment to constitution aimed at making the public service more independent and reduce arbitrary action of the elected rulers.

"Voting on behalf of the constitution would be a meritorious deed," Sirisena told Parliament Monday.

He said legislators were a fortunate have a chance to do a historic chance to a good deed for the people, had time till mid-day Tuesday to debate the bill and make changes.

President Sirisena said in Sri Lanka only the 13th and 17th amendments were involved in reducing the powers of the rulers and increasing the freedom of the people. All others had increased the powers of the rulers.

Constitutions were devised in Western Europe to restrain the rulers and expand the freedoms of the people and to give absolute guarantees of equality, but in Sri Lanka constitutions have done the opposite.

In the US for example, only two amendments one for prohibition and another to introduce Federal income tax were brought to reduce the freedom of the people and strengthen the rulers. Prohibition was subsequently repealed by another amendment.

Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva said they would support the 19th amendment if a change to the electoral system was also brought at the same time.

He wanted until 5.30 pm Monday to bring in changes from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.






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