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Thursday, April 09, 2015 - 06.40 GMT

Amended 19 A in Parliament on April 20; dissolution to follow - President


President Maithripala Sirisena said the relevant clauses of 19th Amendment to the Constitution will be amended and it will presented to Parliament on April 20. He said Parliament will be dissolved after the passage of the 19th Amendment.

Speaking in Polonnaruwa this afternoon, he said that this would help to bring clarity to what is seen as a confused political situation that prevails in the country today.

Earlier, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa informed Parliament today, that the Supreme Court had determined that the 19th Amendment is consistent with the Constitution, but certain sections require a referendum.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe stated that the sections which require a referendum will be omitted from the 19th Amendment.

The Supreme Court took up 19 petitions filed against the proposed 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which was presented to Parliament on March 24. The Supreme Court also heard seven intervening petitions.

The petitions were taken up before a three member Supreme Court Bench comprising Chief Justice K Sripavan and Justices Chandra Ekanayake and Priyasath Dep.
On Monday (06), the Supreme Court concluded the hearings on the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which principally seeks the reduction of executive powers of the Presidency and restoration of independent commissions.





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