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* Sri Lanka Opposition withdraws bill on freedom of information legislation
Thu, Sep 23, 2010, 07:30 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party today withdrew a private member's Bill on freedom of information guaranteeing access to official information in parliament.

UNP legislator Karu Jayasuriya moved to present the private member's bill, but the government forced him to withdraw it.

Chief Government Whip Minister Dinesh Gunawardena asked the UNP to withdraw the bill on the grounds that the government is in the process of drafting a similar legislation.

Gunawardena said the government is preparing a draft bill and the opposition could discuss that.

Sri Lanka is yet to have a Freedom of Information Act passed in the parliament. In 2004 both major parties endorsed a draft Act but it has not been progressed further.

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