The government has decided to hold talks over the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, with political parties not represented in parliament.
During the coming week, the government is due to seek opinions and suggestions of political party representatives not elected in parliament, on the 21st Amendment.
Minister of Justice Wijedasa Rajapaksa said they have provided an opportunity for civil society groups, Trade Unions and Non-governmental organisations to hold talks over the 21st Amendment to the Constitution based on a request by such groups.
The draft bill for the 21st Amendment to the Constitution is due to be tabled at a Cabinet meeting on the second week of June by including proposals presented by independent groups today and more proposals presented during the party leaders meeting on Friday.
Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna has decided to appoint a committee consisting of lawyers and Parliamentarians to study the 21st Amendment.
The Sri Lanka Freedom Party said it has submitted proposals to the Minister of Justice, on clauses to be included in the 21st Amendment.
The Samagi Jana Balawegaya also noted that that a legal Committee has been appointed to study the 21st Amendment to the Constitution.
SJB Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara said the committee will consist of President’s Counsel Upul Jayasuriya, Srinath Perera and Tissa Wijegunawardena.
The SJB added that powers vested in the President have been further strengthened by the proposed 21st Amendment to the Constitution.
As a result, the SJB Secretary revealed that his party could not support the proposed Constitutional Amendment.
The JVP also claimed that they cannot accept proposals within the draft bill of the proposed 21st Amendment.
Party Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath said his party hopes to submit proposals for a new draft to be compiled in the coming week.
Herath also said his party would not join next Friday’s talks held under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.