Sri Lanka’s 19th amendment debate in progress; protest backing 19A

Apr 27, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena making a special statement in the parliament on Monday opened the debate of much awaited 19th amendment to the constitution.

“I don’t think there were any state heads that acted with such flexibility to remove these powers and I expect all of you to vote for this.” President Sirisena said.

President also asked opposition parliamentarians to get cleared any doubts regarding the 19th amendment through the debate before making the historical decision.

Opposition leader Nimal Siripala De Silva earlier stated that Sri Lanka Freedom Party will support 19th Amendment on the assurance that 20th amendment (Election Reforms) will also be presented to the Parliament soon.

The vote will take place Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile a protest backing the 19th amendment is heading towards the Parliament.

Ven. Sobitha Thero, Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga is seen marching towards the Parliament.

Heavy traffic is reporting from the Rajagiriya area and several roads have also been closed.

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