COLOMBO (NewsRadio); The National Movement for Social Justice says the enactment of the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution is a significant achievement.
Chairman of the Movement former Speaker of House Karu Jayasuriya noted that the passing of the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution was a victory for all citizens of Sri Lanka who value democracy.
The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution was passed in Parliament yesterday with a two thirds majority.
179 Parliamentarians voted in favour of the Amendment while one MP voted against the Bill during the vote on the second reading.
Parliamentarian Sarath Weerasekera was the only MP who voted against the 22nd Amendment.
The debate on the second reading of the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution took place in Parliament on Thursday and yesterday followed by the vote.
Former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya thanked the Members of Parliament and civil and political forces who continuously advocated for the constitutional reform.
The former Speaker said in a statement that Parliament passed the 22nd Amendment to revoke the 20th Amendment to the Constitution which was adopted with the aim of converting the country to an autocratic authoritarian regime.
The statement read, “We as an organization that vehemently opposed 20A when it was introduced to achieve the aspirations of the former President and even after it was adopted, we emphasize once again that we do not believe that the 22nd amendment is sufficient and the last decisive step to secure the country’s democracy and protect the dignity and expectations of the people.”
The National Movement for Social Justice said Parliament yesterday approved a new legislation which is as an extremely vital interim constitutional reform that should have been implemented until a new constitution is adopted.
The National Movement for Social Justice added that it always stands unwaveringly for a new constitution that will bring dignity to the people and ensure the betterment of the country.
Former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya also noted that the National Movement for Social Justice will continuously take the lead in abolishing the Executive Presidency.