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* Sri Lanka Opposition Leader holds discussion with governing party ally on 13th Amendment
Sat, Nov 10, 2012, 09:49 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe today held a discussion with governing party ally the National Freedom Front (NFF) on the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

Wickremasinghe met with NFF Leader and Minister Wimal Weerawansa in the parliamentary complex to discuss the call by the NFF to abolish the 13th Amendment.

The NFF group led by Weerawansa has told the UNP that the 13th Amendment needed to be repealed.

The UNP representatives while not opposing the repeal of the Amendment has opined that a different solution was required.

Wickremasinghe has however said that the final decision on the party's stance on the 13th Amendment issue would be decided at the next UNP convention.

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake and the Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunga were also present at the discussion.

The NFF led by Weerawansa and the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) have formed an alliance to pressure the government to abolish the 13th Amendment.

The President has meanwhile said that a change in the prevailing Provincial Council system which was based on the 13th Amendment is necessary to make devolution more meaningful to the people.

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