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Two days insufficient to debate 20th Amendment – Opposition

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ECONOMYNEXT – The Parliamentary Opposition is crying foul over the way the government wants to steamroller the 20th Amendment to the Constitution through the House saying they are not being given sufficient time to debate the proposal.

In a statement released by the General Secretary to the main Opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya Ranjith Madduma Bandara and the Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella, the opposition said that at a meeting of the Parliamentary Business Committee held yesterday the Government refused to allow more than two days debate for the Amendment to be passed.

“The Determination of the Supreme Court on the proposed amendment will be made public on Tuesday the 20th and when the debate begins on the following day there is insufficient time for us to study it,” the statement said.

They pointed out that the 19th Amendment was crafted through numerous consultations among all political parties in Parliament at the time and both government and opposition members voted for it.

However, the government in an arbitrary manner has decided to rush this through Parliament and is an “indication of the dictatorial character we are headed towards” the statement added. (Colombo, October 17, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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