Sri Lanka passes Constitutional amendment curtailing President’s powers

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COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan Parliament on Friday handed, with over 2/3 majority, the twenty second Modification to the Structure curbing sure powers of the President.

All important opposition events voted along with the events aligned with the federal government, led by President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in favor to make a complete 174 out of 225 MPs on the third studying of the modification.

Just one MP from Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) voted in opposition to the modification whereas many of the others from ex-President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s social gathering abstained from voting whereas the others had been absent.

Primary opposition, Samagi Janabalawegaya (United People’s Energy), important Tamil social gathering, the Tamil Nationwide Alliance and left-wing social gathering Jathika Janabalawegaya (Nationwide People’s Energy) representing the opposition in Sri Lanka parliament voted in favor of the Modification. Most legislators of the ruling SLPP and its important ally Sri Lanka Freedom Party, led by former President Maithripala Sirisena, additionally voted in favor of the modification.

The Modification reintroduced some options of nineteenth Modification which was handed throughout
Sirisena-Wickremesinghe joint authorities which dominated the nation from 2015 to 2019.

Curbing tremendous powers loved by the President, the twenty second Modification will shift among the President’s powers to the Constitutional Council representing each authorities and opposition lawmakers and impartial our bodies such because the Nationwide Election Fee (NEC), the Public Service Fee (PSC), the Nationwide Police Fee (NPC), the Human Rights Fee of Sri Lanka (HRCSL), the Fee to Examine Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC), the Finance Fee and the Delimitation Fee which might be led by non-political impartial individuals.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa who was elected as President with a 2/3 majority in 2019, launched the twentieth Modification utterly altering the nineteenth Modification and giving extra powers to the
President.

The brand new Modification can be prohibiting overseas nationals or these with dual-nationality from getting into politics, a transfer that forestalls ex-President Rajapaksa’s brother and former Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa, who’s a US citizen, from turning into involving in politics.

Passing of the 22th Modification can be an important for Sri Lanka to get worldwide help to come back out from the continuing financial disaster. Earlier than Friday’s voting to the Modification, Justice Minister Wijayadasa Rajapakshe who additionally tabled the twenty second Modification to the Structure, knowledgeable Parliament that passing of 22n modification is important to get the essential assist of the Worldwide Financial Fund (IMF) and GSP+ commerce concessions to the nation . Sri Lanka awaits a $2.9 billion conditional concession from the IMF as one of many preliminary measures to recuperate from the disaster.

Following a extreme financial disaster the place folks needed to spent days in queues to acquire gas, cooking gasoline and plenty of different necessities, in March, folks acquired on to the streets till the federal government led by Mahinda Rajapaksa was resigned and his brother Gotabya fled the nation.

One of many important calls for of the protestors was to cut back powers of the President.

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