First Act

The governments first piece of business when parliament opens on May 18 will be to push through an Anti-corruption Bill to replace the Bribery Commission and the Act governing it.
Alliance Minister Susil Premajayantha said on Friday that the Bill is now with the Legal Draftsman and is based on the principles of transparency and accountability. rn

rnThe Anti-corruption Bill is among the key issues that brought a razor thin victory to the PA-JVPs Freedom Alliance party in the snap April polls. rn

rnPremajayantha says his government is confident it can muster majority support for the Bill, especially given the Bribery Commissions current dormant state. rn

rnThe Bribery Commission lies crippled because one of its three commissioners died in February 2003, and political haggling between the UNF and the President has failed to appoint a replacement. rn

rnBribery Commission Chairman Ananda Coomaraswamy, due to the delay in appointing a replacement and third commissioner requested President Chandrika K