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Friday, June 07, 2013 - 04.58 GMT

Revision to 13th Amendment
Cabinet gives a week for parties to present views


The cabinet on Thursday decided to allow a week for the political parties to present their views on the changes proposed by the government to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

The government was to submit a proposal to the cabinet of ministers Thursday seeking approval to re-amend the 13th Amendment to the Constitution to curtail the powers given to the provincial councils.

The Minister of Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwella told the media that the parties have been given a week's time to present their concerns.

Minister Rambukwella said the Constitutional clause that requires the consent of all Provincial Councils to pass the nationally important Bills will also be changed and the consent of the majority of Provincial Councils would suffice to pass such Bills with a simple majority in Parliament. He said the Cabinet will discuss these proposals with the observations of coalition partners at the Cabinet meeting next week.

The final draft of the amendments to the 13th Amendment would be approved at next week's cabinet meeting, the Minister added.

The Minister said President Mahinda Rajapaksa has openly said he will accept whatever the decisions taken by the PSC and these decisions would be implemented.

"President Rajapaksa says that he is ready to implement whatever the decisions taken by the PSC," he said.

He insisted that the amendments are not aimed at the Northern Provincial Council. "Elections in many Provincial Councils including the North Western Province are in the pipeline and the proposed amendments are not aimed at the Northern Provincial council election," he said.

Minister Rambukwella said the Cabinet of Ministers have not taken any decision over land and police powers of the Provincial Councils.





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