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21st Amendment to the Constitution

What our lawmakers have to say…


Amidst a severe economic crisis caused by decades-long wrong political practices, Sri Lanka is now on the move to bring in another amendment to its Constitution repealing the 20th Amendment enacted by the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government in 2020. In October, 2020, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Government formed under the Presidency of Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Premiership of Mahinda Rajapaksa brought in the 20th Amendment to the Constitution repealing the 19th version enacted by the previous Good Governance Government.

The 21st Amendment is one of the major political changes sought by the Government of Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe, which was formed following the resignation of former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on May 9.

Newly appointed Minister of Justice, Prison Affairs and Constitutional Reforms of Wickremesinghe’s Government, Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe presented the 21st Amendment to the Constitution to the Cabinet of Ministers on Monday (May 23). At this meeting, the Ministers had decided to distribute the copies of the draft bill amongst the Party Leaders in Parliament for their observation and to forward their considerations on the matter to the minister.

As a result, a special meeting headed by Prime Minister Wickremesinghe with the participation of the party leaders was also held on Friday (27) to discuss their opinions. This will be followed by another meeting to be held today (Friday) on the same matter. Once the discussions are concluded, the amendments proposed by the party leaders to the Draft Bill will be forwarded for the consideration and the final approval of the Cabinet of Ministers once again. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe in a video statement last week said that once approved by the Cabinet, the Draft Bill will be gazetteed allowing the public to raise objections against it and later will be presented to Parliament with the intention of getting it passed as soon as possible.

Following are the views of the different political parties representing Parliament over the proposed 21st Amendment to the Constitution.



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