Prime Minister made no comment against 20th Amendment, President and Prime Minister are of same position, reveals Amaraweera

Prime Minister made no comment against 20th Amendment, President and Prime Minister are of same position, reveals Amaraweera

22 September 2020 07:18 am

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has not made any comment against the draft 20th Amendment to Constitution, said Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, revealing that the Prime Minister and the President are of the same position in this regard.  

The Minister made this observation speaking to reporters after attending the Cabinet meeting held yesterday (21).

The Minister added that the new constitutional adaptation would be tabled in Parliament a matter of weeks, during which the Judiciary can be consulted in a week's period and opinions can be raised in Parliament thereafter for three weeks. 

The President has made clear on the constitutional adaptation, Amaraweera went on, adding that the initial draft would be revised on the day of tabling it in, had there been amendments.

In his emphasis, the Minister also said that the Prime Minister too has put his opinions on the draft, considered of which the Justice Minister informed them that the necessary measures would be taken thereafter. 

The Prime Minister made no comment against the draft, Amaraweera revealed, for the President and the Prime Minister are of the same opinion.

He added, "The Committee has not been excluded. The Justice Minister said that the Committee's opinions have been presented to the President, in view of making the necessary progress."

"We never felt any disappointment from the Prime Minister. Both the Prime Minister and the President were of the same opinion on this affair. Therefore, no objections are raised from the parliamentarians or the ministers. They worked with much understanding. No conflict was ever felt."

Therefore, the 20th Adaptation to the Constitution of Sri Lanka would be passed in a vote more than a two-thirds, Amaraweera emphasised, suggesting that those within the Opposition would also be voting in favour. 

MIAP