A draft of the proposed 21st Amendment to the Constitution was tabled today by Parliamentarian Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe.
Speaking in Parliament, MP Rajapakshe said he tabled the proposed draft on behalf of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna and Sri Lanka Freedom Party Parliamentarians who declared themselves independent of the government recently.
The draft proposal proposes the enactment of a 21st Amendment to the Constitution while abolishing the 20th Amendment and reintroducing certain provisions of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.
MP Rajapakshe said the draft proposal recommends the removal of provisions in the 20th Amendment and democratic factors in the 19th Amendment to be reinforced especially in relation to the Executive, Judiciary, and Legislature.
The Parliamentarian requested the Speaker’s support in this regard, and urged that the Speaker inform the President and Prime Minister of the draft proposal and called for amendments to be passed soon.
MP Rajapakshe claimed the people want a change and therefore amendments are imperative.
He expressed hope that the draft proposal will be well received by all Members of Parliament.
Addressing the Leader of the House, MP Rajapakshe urged that the government discuss the proposal as well.