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20A will create authoritarian state - Bimal

Former Parliamentarian Bimal Rathnayake yesterday said the 20th Amendment to the Constitution will create an authoritarian state which is more powerful than President J.R. Jayewardene’s.

“The Draft Amendment has abolished the National Audit Commission which is an integral part of controlling public finance,” he said at a press briefing in Colombo.

He said that the President can entrust the role of Auditor General to a person who is not an auditor through this amendment.

Rathnayake said the people commended the role played by the National Elections Commission though there were some shortcomings.

He said that this Constitutional Amendment does not allow the Auditor General to conduct an audit on the President’s Office and the Prime Minister’s Office through the President and the Prime Minister were elected by the people.

Rathnayake said the world had witnessed the trend of autocratic leaders gaining power in many countries since 2010. They have been denying the people of their democratic rights.

Parliamentarian Dr. Harini Amarasuriya and senior lawyer Lal Wijenaike also spoke.


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