Protesters over 20A bow before President’s discretion

Protesters over 20A bow before President’s discretion

11 October 2020 09:37 am

Members of the ruling party who expressed strong views against the 20th Amendment to the Constitution have reportedly withdrawn their protest and promised that it would be passed in Parliament with a two-thirds majority, before the discretion of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

These members, who expressed their objection over the 20A at the discussion held in Temple Trees two days ago (09), have agreed to the passing of the new constitutional adaptation upon the President's strong remarks. 

Following a demonstration on the 20A by Justice Minister Ali Sabry, the ruling party members were given the opportunity to extend their opinions, during which these objections were raised. Their opinions against the amendment which are already on public record have also been addressed in the discussion. 

But President Rajapaksa, in response, reiterated that he as the executive president elected by the people of this country has the essential need of passing this amendment, thereby emphasising that only the amendments lodged with the Judiciary can be added to it. 

Upon the President's strong stance, Ministers Wimal Weerawansa, Premnath C. Dolawatta, who had previously held opinions against the 20A, have agreed to pass the new constitutional adaptation in Parliament. 

Speaking to reporters following the conclusion of the discussion, Ruling Party member Premnath C. Dolawatta said he had promised the President that under no circumstances would the assistance of separatists like Rishad Bathiudeen be sought for the 20A.

At first glance, it seems obvious that Bathiudeen's story was cited as a getaway from the inconvenience faced in the discussion.