Sept 17, Colombo: The cabinet of Ministers at the weekly cabinet meeting chaired by President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on Wednesday (16) has decided to present the 20th Amendment to the Constitution as it was gazetted with no changes.
According to government sources, the Cabinet has agreed to make any amendments to the proposed draft constitution in Parliament.
At the Cabinet meeting yesterday, the 20th Amendment to the Constitution has been discussed at length.
The report of the committee appointed by the Prime Ministers Mahinda Rajapaksa with Minister of Education Prof. G. L. Peiris chairing has not been presented to the cabinet yesterday as it was scheduled.
The President has stated that he was given a mandate by the people to work for the country and therefore, he will somehow remove the 19th Amendment which is an obstacle to work. The President has said that the 20th Amendment will be presented to Parliament for this purpose and that any revisions to the draft amendment can be made in Parliament if necessary.
However, the President has assured that the terms of office of the President and the Parliament and the two-term limit for the president stated in the 19th Amendment will not be changed.