Colombo, Pretr. In Sri Lanka, talks have progressed on the proposal to cut the powers of the President and give more powers to the Parliament. The country’s Justice Minister said on Sunday that the proposal for the 21st amendment to the Constitution may get the green signal from the cabinet on Monday. Through this, the 20th Amendment of the Constitution will be repealed, in which the President has been given more powers than the Parliament. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa repealed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gives more powers to parliament, after a victory in the last general elections.
Existing commissions will get more powers through constitutional amendment
News portal News First quoted Justice Minister Dr. Vijayadas Rajapaksa as saying that after the 21st amendment to the Constitution, membership of Parliament would become impossible for those having dual citizenship. Gotabaya, who is being held responsible for the country’s economic crisis and political instability, gave up US citizenship before contesting the presidential election in the year 2019. The Minister said that in the Constitutional Amendment, there is a proposal to declare the National Audit Commission and the Purchase Commission as independent commissions. This would give more powers to the existing commissions. Apart from this, it is also proposed to give the right to appoint the Governor of the Central Bank to the Constitutional Council.
Emergency had to be imposed twice in the country in a short span
It is noteworthy that Sri Lanka is going through an unprecedented economic crisis at this time. Even food and drink are not available with the large population of the country. People are on the streets and the government has had to impose emergency twice in the country in a short span of time to quell the protests against them.
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