President adds three more amendments to 20A, but dual citizens are still allowed to enter Parliament?

President adds three more amendments to 20A, but dual citizens are still allowed to enter Parliament?

20 October 2020 07:41 am

In addition to the amendments proposed by the Judiciary, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has agreed to add three more amendments to the questionable 20th Amendment to the Constitution, which is currently in the draft stage, Minister Wimal Weerawansa revealed.  

The Minister made this observation speaking to reporters after attending the ruling party members' meeting held in in the President's Office yesterday (19).

During the discussion with the ministers, the President himself propsed to add three amendments to the draft 20A given observation to the concerns raised by the Maha Sangha and other parties, Weerawansa added. Accordingly, the President decided to keep the provisions introduced by the 19th Amendment on Auditing unchanged, to limit implementation of emergency legislations in an occurrence of a national disaster or a national security issue, and to keep the provisions introduced by the 19A on the number of ministers unchanged, in addition to the amendments proposed by the Judiciary, he noted. 

These three amendments, which sound progressive, would be implemented in the new 20A, Weerawansa further told media. 

In the event, however, it seems that the President has not agreed whatsoever to the condition that dual citizens be barred from entering Parliament, which was a resolution strongly demanded by the nationalist parties in the government.

MIAP