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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 06.12 GMT
19th Amendment bill tabled in Parliament


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe presented the Bill entitled “Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution” in Parliament yesterday (24).

The Prime Minister said the agreement was to pass the Bill in a manner that a referendum would not be required.

However, he said, as several petitions relating to the 19th Amendment have already been filed in the Supreme Court, the government is awaiting the determination of the Supreme Court in this regard.

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution will annul the 18th Amendment while replacing the now defunct 17th Amendment to establish the Independent Commissions.

It would also remove the Executive Presidential powers and limit the term of office of the President to five years.
The President will continue to function as the Head of State and Head of Security Forces.

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