Adoption of 21A will pave the way for political stability – Minister of Justice

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Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said yesterday that passing the 21st Amendment to the Constitution is of utmost importance in the current environment as it will pave the way for political stability which is essential to rebuild the country’s economy.

The Minister briefed the Most Venerable Dodampahala Chandasiri Mahanayake Thera, the Mahanayake of Sri Lanka Amarapura Maha Nikaya on the proposed 21st Amendment to the Constitution.

The minister said that the independent commissions that were part of the 19th Amendment will be reinstated and that the Public Procurement Commission and the Audit Commission, which were also abolished by the 20th Amendment, will be reinstated by the new amendment to the Constitution. He said the measures introduced in the 20th Amendment had contributed to the current political instability which, in turn, had contributed to the downward spiral of the country’s economy.

He said that the 21st Amendment to the Constitution has been amended in such a way that dual citizens will not be able to obtain a seat in Parliament. The justice minister said the bill is expected to be presented at the Cabinet meeting next Monday.

He said that in the coming days, the Most Venerable Mahanayake Theras, leaders of all religions, leaders of political parties and representatives of civil society organizations will be briefed on the draft law.

He said the proposed 21st Amendment to the Constitution was prepared in such a way that it would not require a referendum to pass. He said a parliamentary committee should be appointed in the future to draft a new constitution.


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