Controversial proposed amendment will move forward in Sri Lanka after court determines constitutionality

By Kelum Bandara, 28 September 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka (photo credit: ILO Asia-Pacific/flickr)
Colombo, Sri Lanka (photo credit: ILO Asia-Pacific/flickr)
Several MPs of the opposition will raise their hands in support of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, but without crossing the floor of the House to join the government, Daily Mirror learns. The 20th Amendment has already been presented to Parliament. Afterwards, the main opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) and some others have moved the Supreme Court against the content of the bill. Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya has already appointed a five-member bench of judges to hear the petitions. According to the Constitution, the Supreme Court can determine on the constitutionality of any bill and communicate it to the Speaker. It can say whether the bill should be passed with a two-thirds majority only or referred to approval of people by a referendum in addition to it. Once the determination is conveyed, the government will fix a date for the debate and the vote.
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